Säpo reports that it receives an average of 4.5 reports per month of cases of threats made to Sweden’s district and county councillors.
The threats are systematic, often involve violence, and come from autonomous groups across Sweden.
Media exposure and engagement in controversial issues often increase the incidence of threats, Säpo reports.
“This is a democratic problem as it happens that politicians leave their posts as a result of having received threats,” said Säpo analyst Johan Olsson to news agency TT.
Threats are most commonly made via email, letters and on the telephone and typically come from disgruntled citizens.