It is no surprise that the rate of firearm-related violence in Sweden is highly increasing. Please read two of my previous posts on this notion here and here. According to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet, BRÅ), Skåne, the southernmost province of Sweden, and its largest city, Malmö, are more affected by shootings and firearm-related violence than any other province and city in the country.
In order to have a clear statistic over the firearm-related violence in the Skåne province, I have since 1st of January 2018 gathered statistics on the rate of shootings based on open-sources (=media), in which at least one person has been wounded or killed.
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.
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.