Malmö is not only Scandinavia's most dangerous city, it is also the most violent city in western Europe, show statistics of lethal force in the world, that the newspapers HD and Sydsvenskan have obtained. The index measures the number of homicides per hundred thousand inhabitants.
The statistics are based on eleven murders in Malmö in 2016. Divided by the city's population, it results in a "murder index" of 3.4, which in a Swedish and Nordic perspective is "a very high figure," writes Sydsvenskan.
In comparison with other countries, Malmö is by far the most dangerous city in the Nordic region. In the whole of Europe, Tirana in Albania has a maximum of 6.7 murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, then Tallin in Estonia with 5.5, the Latvian capital Riga with 4.0, and Russia's capital Moscow with 3.8.
But compared to western European cities, Malmö is the most dangerous: Paris has an index of 1.8, London 1.3, Copenhagen and Berlin 1.1 and 1.0. These cities had considerably less lethal force than Malmö last year.
However, Malmö is not a Chicago, Sydsvenskan points out. In 2016, Chicago had 28 murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, making the city eight times more dangerous than Malmö.
The most dangerous cities in the world are Latin American cities. On the very top is Caracas in Venezuela, which has a homicide index of 120, something that has given the city the less flattering nickname "the world's most dangerous city."
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