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Firearm-related violence in Malmö, Sweden

Firearm-related violence in Malmö, Sweden

For some months ago I published an article in Forensic Sciences Research, about the increasing firearm-related violence in Sweden´s third largest city, Malmö. I concluded that

”Without acute reforms, Sweden risks becoming more violent as the cycle of violence will never be closed, and the criminal climate will continue to harden.”

It is a great pleasure for me to announce that the article has had more than 1000 reads until today.

More shootings in Sweden than rest of Western Europe?

More shootings in Sweden than rest of Western Europe?
Fiream related crime in Sweden

Only some days ago, the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, published our paper on 19 victims of homicide and attempted homicide in Sweden.

The curious one is very welcome to read the paper. Please share your views with me.

In this short comment I want to highlight a very interesting finding. The study is conducted in Sweden. What we can see is that knife/sharp weapon is the most common type of weapon used (52.6%). Firearms are used in 36.8% of all cases. This is a very high number for Sweden. Much higher than both its neighbors as well as the rest of Western Europe. The number for Norway is between 19-21%, for Denmark it is between 0.4-19%, Finland lies on 16% and Holland is close to 35%. For other western European countries, the number of fire-arm related homicide is close to 19%. With western European countries we mean UK, France, Germany etc.

In comparison, our study shows a very high number of firearms used in homicide and attempted homicide which is highly troublesome.

And as I am writing this post, I receive news about a new shootout in Malmö, south of Sweden, in the center of the city, in the daylight.

Mord och dråp i Sverige

Mord och dråp i Sverige

I ett samarbete mellan Institutionen för Kriminologi vid Malmö Högskola, där jag är verksam som Kriminolog, samt Akutkliniken vid Skånes Universitetssjukhus i Lund, där jag jobbar som akutläkare, har vi nu publicerat en intressant studie om mord och dråp i Sverige.

Studien visar, bland annat, att skjutvapen vid grova våldsbrott som mord och dråp, är betydligt vanligare i Sverige än många andra länder i västvärlden.

Inom kort kommer jag att publicera en referat men tillsvidare, kan ni ta del av publikationen som publicerades i American journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, på deras hemsida.