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Deadly violence in Sweden fell in 2018, preliminary stats show

2018 saw a decrease in the number of instances of lethal violence in Sweden, with 110 such incidents – a slight reduction from 2017, during which 115 people died from violent crime.

Deadly violence in Sweden fell in 2018, preliminary stats show
Police attend a crime scene following a shooting in southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

The numbers come from preliminary statistics from criminologist Mikael Rying, shared with TV4 programme Brottsjournalen. Rying works for the Swedish police and has analyzed all murder cases in the country since 1990.

Despite the slight decrease, the number remains high. Since 2015, Sweden has recorded the highest annual average of deadly violence in 30 years, at 113 cases per year.

“Of course, this high level is largely due to these shootings in criminal environments,” Rying told Brottsjournalen, referring to a wave of shootings linked to gang crime in Sweden's major cities.

The proportion of cases of deadly violence which were considered to have been solved however was at its lowest level in 30 years, with fewer than 70 percent of cases solved. That figure fell to just 24 percent when considering only the shootings in criminal environments.

READ ALSO: In stats: Deadly violence in Sweden in the 2000s

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 

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More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

 
The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.” 
 
 
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