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Swedes more fearful of terror attacks: study

Swedes more fearful of terror attacks: study

Published: 16 Jan 2012 10:20 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Jan 2012 10:20 GMT+01:00

Fresh figures from Swedish polling firm Sifo show that percentage of Swedes who fear a terror attack has shot up from 29 to 40 percent over the past two years.

“Such worries are strongly influenced by current events and these have been happening nearby since the last study," said Thomas Gell from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap - MSB) to the TT news agency.

"We can’t say for sure, but it seems these events have caused the concern."

In December 2010, Taimour Abdulwahab blew himself up among Christmas shoppers in central Stockholm.

The following summer, Anders Behring Breivik took the lives of 77 people in Oslo and Utøya Norway.

MSB has measured statistics on citizens’ terrorist fears since 2007.

The previous results were published in 2009, showing that 29 percent of the people surveyed were ‘quite worried’ about such attacks.

In December’s Sifo survey, which was carried out in cooperation with MSB, it was reported that 40 percent of the 1,035 people surveyed claimed to be worried.

“This growth is significant and there is no mistake in the numbers,” Gell said to TT.

In the new research, the number of people worried about international terrorist attacks has also risen from 49 percent in 2009 to 53 percent this year.

TT/The Local/og (news@thelocal.se)

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22:49 January 16, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
What are we are supposed to make of the survey findings? They are hardly surprising, given the Breivik/Abdulwahab incidents referred to.

Is it likely Swedish voters will now vote for political parties that say they are going to be 'tougher' on terrorism? Or will there be a further survey in which more and more people indicate that they have allowed their fear of terrorism to affect how they live their lives? Because that is one of the ways that terrorists can defeat democacies
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