Sweden – Increase in hate crimes

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.