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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

Published: 19.Mar.2019 08:00 hrs

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.

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.

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