Nearly half of Swedes ‘worried’ about terror

Nearly half of Swedes 'worried' about terror
Emergency services in Paris following the attacks last month. Photo: Jerome Delay/TT/AP
Fear of a terror attack taking place in Sweden has risen sharply, with 46 per cent of people polled saying they are concerned, up from 34 percent in January.

The poll, carried out by Novus for public broadcaster SVT, suggests that Swedes are becoming increasingly concerned about terrorism taking place on home soil.

Asked “just how worried are you that there could be a terror attack in Sweden?”, almost half of respondents they were either “very worried” or “quite worried”.

Only 7 percent those questioned said that they were “not at all worried”.

Pollsters carried out their research last week in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people and the terror threat level being raised in Sweden for the first time in history.

A previous poll which asked the same question in January, just after the attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, found that 34 percent of people questioned were worried about the possibility. A similar percentage shared their concerns with rival polling firm Sifo.

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According to the latest Novus research, people living in larger towns and cities are less likely to be afraid, while supporters of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party appear to be among the most worried about the possibility of terror-related violence in the Nordic country.

Katarina Gospic, a Swedish neuroscientist interviewed by SVT on Tuesday said that those living in urban areas were more likely to “get used to” living with a certain amount of fear of crime and were therefore less shocked by reports of terrorist activities.

“One frequently sees more accidents and police cars and ambulances than if you live in a small town, where these things rarely happen. For the person in a small place there can be a greater source of concern if they are exposed to information about terror attacks and similar events elsewhere,” she explained.

A total of 1183 people took part in the Novus poll on November 25th, aged between 17 and 79.