The violence in Sweden is now so extensive that it is being compared with Mexico, a new study shows.
More people die as a result of shooting in Sweden than in Denmark, Germany and Norway, based on the population density, according to the study. In another study, the researchers also find that grenade attacks in Sweden can be compared to levels in Mexico, Expressen reports.
- This is because we have a big problem with criminal networks in Sweden, says Manne Gerell, one of the researchers behind the study.
This spring, the situation was so serious that the Stockholm police demanded more resources to try to overcome the problem of gang violence, with 47 murders and 57 attempted murders under investigation.
One study released is about grenade attacks.
- Sweden has the same figures as Mexico. A country where there is very much violence, says Gerell and continues:
- It's startling, given that they have almost a warlike situation with drugs that we do not want to compare with in Sweden.
In the second study, researchers have looked closer at shootings in Sweden, mainly between the years 2012 to 2016. Only in Sweden's major cities Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm, shootings have increased by 73 percent in recent years, from 145 incidents in 2012 to 251 incidents in 2016. Also shootings with fatal outcomes have increased.
Last week the Norwegian Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug took to Sweden to study what she calls "Swedish conditions" and warn about similar conditions in Norway, but she was by the establishment in Sweden immediately called a political hate preacher with the intention to scare. This week Swedish researchers confirm that she is obviously speaking the truth, sadly as one of very few Nordic politicians.
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