Based on data from 2019, over 1.5 million crimes were reported in Sweden that year, which was a slight decrease compared to the previous year. When looking at the figures from a population perspective, that was a little over 15 thousand crimes committed per 100 thousand inhabitants. At 28 percent, the largest share of crimes reported to Swedish authorities was filed on the grounds of theft, while 19 percent involved crimes against people.
When asked in a 2019 survey which crimes Swedes had experienced themselves, the results showed a somewhat different picture. According to respondents, only 1.5 percent of Swedes had experienced theft crimes, while 9.2 percent had been threatened. Considering gender, men were more likely to get mugged, while both women and men were equally exposed to threats. The greatest difference, however, appeared regarding sexual abuse. In 2019, 9.4 percent of Swedish females reported cases of sexual abuse, compared to only 1.4 percent of their male counterparts.
Another gendered difference concerns crime suspects. In 2019, 149 thousand males were suspected of a crime in Sweden, in contrast to 39.8 thousand females. Out of the roughly 9.2 thousand people who were sentenced to imprisonment in 2019, only 727 were female. Nevertheless, that was the highest number of female imprisonments in 10 years, while the number of male convicts dropped in that time period.
In terms of convictions, drug-related crimes accounted for 30 percent of all imprisonments in 2019. At 19 percent, the second most prevalent reason for ending up behind bars was theft, followed by life and health threatening crimes at 12 percent. Furthermore, 11 percent of all imprisonments that year was due to traffic crimes, while four percent was based on fraud.