Sweden – Increase in hate crimes

Brå, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, has published a new report on 2018 police reports with identified hate crime motives.

A total of 7,090 police reports recorded in 2018, were identified by Brå as containing a hate crime motive. This is 11% more than in 2016 and 29% more than in 2013. The largest increase in offences with a hate crime motive (compared to 2016) can be observed for the xenophobic/racist and anti-Semitic motives and for the sexual orientation motive.

69%  (4,870 reports) of the reports had a xenophobic/racist motive; 11%  (760 reports) had a motive concerning sexual orientation; 8% (560 reports) had an Islamophobic motive; 4% ( 290 reports) had a Christianophobic motive; 4% (280 reports) had an anti-Semitic motive; and 4% (260 reports)  had an otherwise anti-religious motive.

Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having worked in the field for 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in the corporate- and NGOs sectors London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. Back in Sweden, she headed the business intelligence unit for a risk- and security firm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012.