This year looks to be a record year for gun violence and murder in Sweden, most of which may be attributed to the “New Swedes”.
One shooting a day in Sweden — 31 dead
September 11, 2017
On average, there is a shooting once a day in Sweden. Just this summer alone, which is the worst period, eleven people have died, figures from Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) show. The newspaper calls it a “bloody summer”.
81 shootings with 46 injured and eleven dead. That is the record of shootings only during the summer of this year in Sweden.
June, July and August account for 40 percent of all shootings that occurred in 2017.
The total number of gang shootings between January and August of this year amounts to 202, with 31 deaths. That is “a shooting per day”, according to SvD.
The worst are the metropolitan area of Stockholm (79 shootings), southern region with Malmö (61 shootings) and the western region where Göteborg is included (21 shootings).
And it has become much worse over the years.
“Before 1990 there were about four gang murders a year in the country; after the 1990s it was between 8 and 13 up until about 2014 or 2015, when it increased up to 30 murders per year across the country; since then it has been at a high level,” says Gunnar Appelgren of the Stockholm Police to SvD.
Now the police are going to fight gang crime, and, among other things, increase the number of surveillances. But what the increase may be attributed to, the police say they “do not know”.
In May, a survey by Dagens Nyheter showed that immigrants are behind 9 out of 10 shootings in Sweden. Out of 100 people involved in murders and murder attempts where firearms have been used, 90 of them have at least one foreign-born parent. The vast majority of men, around 80 percent, have their roots in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Most come from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia and Eritrea.
In late June, Expressen published a survey of organized crime in Stockholm. Of 192 gang criminals, almost all, 94.5 percent, had at least one foreign-born parent. The country of origin that stands out is Iraq, but many also come from Bosnia, Lebanon, Somalia, Syria and Turkey.