Is Sweden Safe for Women? Crime Rate in Sweden

Safety index

Safe
3.8 /5

The safety level in Sweden is considered to be high, with an overall safety index of 3.8.

Crime index

Very Low
1.2 /5

The crime rate in Sweden is considered to be very low, with an overall crime index of 1.2.

Violence index

13.1%

On average 13.1% percentage of women in Sweden have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life, according to OECD Data.

Crime & Safety Stats

Safety index:

3.8/5Safe

Safety walking alone after dark:

3.2/5Moderate

Safety using public transport:

4.2/5Safe

Crime index:

1.2/5Very Low

Worries of being sexually harassed:

1/5Not at all worried

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

1/5Not at all worried

Worries of being physically attacked:

1/5Not at all worried

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

1/5Not at all worried

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

1/5Not at all worried

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

1/5Not at all worried

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How safe is Sweden for women?

Sweden is pretty criminal in big cities but in small towns it is really safe. It is overall a safe country so nothing to be worried about. It's a good country with good help. In my hometown for example it is really safe and there's nothing to worry about.

Posted: July 9, 2024
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Yana

Yana

It's quite safe for women in general but overall crime rite has increased lately . There are some gangs, especially in the immigrant regions. I feel safe . I live in the immigrant region where mostly people from Somalia live .

Posted: July 1, 2024
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So, I've lived in a few different cities in sweden. Btw, I'm a blonde girl in my late 20s, not a huge party animal, don't do drugs, not really a "thrill-seeker". I've never been mugged, harassed or anything of the like. Here's my advice if you're coming to sweden: you don't have to clutch your bag like your life depends on it, but if you leave it u attended for some time, there's a high chance someone took it. Don't walk in weird alleys at night by yourself, take public transport if needed. I won't say there aren't bad people in sweden, there are, like everywhere else. But we're generally a non-confrontational people. So they won't rip your belongings out of your hands, but if you forget it somewhere, they'll take the opportunity.

Posted: June 27, 2024
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Im always looking around when its dark (my own safety task), and absolutely something can happen, but overall am not worried in Sweden. Some places are more unsafe than other, but if you go in the daylight its a low risk, even in the dark most of the places.

Posted: March 16, 2024
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Sweden is a really sade country for solo Female travellers in general! Just be aware as in any other country for sexual harassment as a female traveller but other than that I would say you’re good to go.

Posted: March 3, 2024
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Is Sweden safe to travel?

4.7 /5

Based on 6 experiences

Solo travel experience

I spent most of my trip in Stockholm, but also visited Gothenburg and Sigtuna. The transport was fantastic. I was staying in an Airbnb outside of the city and could easily get there by train or bus from where I stayed. Everyone spoke English. The cities were full of history, there was a lot to discover, and I enjoyed Fika (coffee break) every day. I've never felt so safe.

Posted: December 26, 2023
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Brina

Brina (28)

New Zealand

Solo travel experience

I solo traveled and also bicycle-rode southern Sweden in spring 2022 and again some in summer. I mostly stayed in the 2nd most populated/biggest city called Göteborg/Gothenburg. I also stayed in random rural areas and in August 2022 was in Stockholm the biggest city. Overall a very beautiful country with nice people and a good mix of outdoor activity and people and indoor activity and people. I bicycle-rode thesouthwest coast of Sweden and bicycled Sweden to Norway and it was incredibly beautiful and bicycle supportive, in spring 2022. There are many advanced countries that are not supportive of bicycles as transportation but Sweden overall is and that is great. Scandinavians and Swedes are known to be "cold" or unfriendly. From my perspective after spending multiple months here I find the swedes nice but just not as friendly as other countries people. It is a very safe place though the locals may tell you about how bad their crimes have been lately-but a high crime rate in Sweden seems pretty fine compared to other countries. It is a safe country. Highly LGBTQ+ friendly. Nightlife is decent/good in Sweden places close 3am or after that (in biggest cities not rural areas) which is great. Go to "Yaki Da" in Göteborg before 10pm to get in free. I was at Yaki Da every single Wednesday night dancing until 3am with lots of people who also like Wednesday nights - Wednesday party nights at Yaki Da in this city will forever be in my heart. Go to Trädgården club in Stockholm also free before 9 pm, awesome wicked place. I cannot say much about expenses or things to do because I am a solo traveler who uses the community "Couchsurfing" where I stay for free with locals in their homes. I was not able to afford things to do that were not free in Sweden-so I cannot say much about expenses or things to do other than beautiful nature and going out to free places and activities. The Couchsurfing community here was amazing to me and I am forever grateful for my hosts in this country.

Posted: October 14, 2023Experienced: May, 2022
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Is Sweden worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 6 experiences

Group travel experience

i did my university exchange in sweden and loved being there! we stayed in a small town where everyone was fairly friendly but still kept to themselves and gave you enough privacy. most locals could speak english so it wasn’t too difficult to get around

Posted: May 1, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Crime in Sweden