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Is Sweden A Safe or Dangerous Country?Sweden is one of the safest European countries. Crimes rates are very low (although they have been rising since 1980), but the police force is very efficient. It is ranked 18th on the ranking of world’s safest countries. The main issues are alcohol-related violence, pickpockets, and natural hazards. In large towns like Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmo, intoxicated people often start fights around bars and nightclubs. These areas are heavily-policed, but arguments and aggression can still happen. Pickpockets may sometimes be an issue in touristic areas or at crowded events (see below on Stockholm). Bicycle theft is also an issue – remember to always lock your bike. There is a national toll-free number for emergencies, the 112. Recent terrorist attacks have happened in neighboring countries (France and Belgium); and while tourists should raise their level of caution, the police presence has been greatly increased in large cities to deter further attacks. While very few tourists have been victims of these attacks, the terrorist threat is reflected in the safety ranking. Cold can be a more serious issue during winter in the Northern parts of the country. Trekking or Skiing can be dangerous for inexperienced adventurers. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Sweden is a very safe country. It is ranked 18th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Sweden and Stockholm, around the train station and in public transport. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Sweden is a safe country regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Sweden. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Sweden.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There can be some occasional natural hazards (mostly meteorological) in Sweden.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Sweden has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Sweden is generally very safe for women travelers.