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Crime in Denmark - statistics & facts

Since the 1990’s, when Denmark officially started collecting statistics on criminal offences, fewer crimes have been reported in the Scandinavian country. Roughly 444 thousand criminal law reports were filed in 2020, which was around 100 thousand fewer reports compared to 2010. At the same time, however, the number of prosecutions slowly increased, reaching over 175 thousand in 2020. Among the population of Denmark, 14 percent had been victims of theft, violence or an act of vandalism in 2019. When measuring crime reports per 100 thousand inhabitants, about nine thousand people had filed a criminal complaint with the police in 2020.

Property crime makes up the most reported crime in Denmark, accounting for around 278 thousand of all reported crime cases in 2020. However, criminal complaints concerning this specific type of crime decreased considerably over the past decade, while reports against both violent and sex crimes increased. In 2020, roughly 27 thousand violent and seven thousand sex crime cases were reported to the Danish authorities. Considering sex offences, the number of reported rape cases tripled in recent years, from 382 reports in 2014 to more than 1.1 thousand in 2020. The number of rape charges, though, did not increase correspondingly, and only 735 cases of rape ended up as charges in 2020. In order to circumvent this tendency, the Danish government passed a new law based on sexual consent as of September 2020, following its neighboring country Sweden.

The number of people found guilty of a crime increased since 2009, but decreased in the past few years. In 2018, approximately 144.5 thousand people were charged with a crime in Denmark. With nearly 113 thousand convictions, most criminals were males, compared to around 31.6 thousand females. Among the people who were sentenced to imprisonment in 2020, serving between 31 and 60 days was most common. That same year, two people were sentenced to life imprisonment. In this case, probation is possible after serving 12 years. Most people serving a life sentence in Denmark get released after 16 to 17 years.

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Crime in Denmark - statistics & facts

Since the 1990’s, when Denmark officially started collecting statistics on criminal offences, fewer crimes have been reported in the Scandinavian country. Roughly 444 thousand criminal law reports were filed in 2020, which was around 100 thousand fewer reports compared to 2010. At the same time, however, the number of prosecutions slowly increased, reaching over 175 thousand in 2020. Among the population of Denmark, 14 percent had been victims of theft, violence or an act of vandalism in 2019. When measuring crime reports per 100 thousand inhabitants, about nine thousand people had filed a criminal complaint with the police in 2020.

Property crime makes up the most reported crime in Denmark, accounting for around 278 thousand of all reported crime cases in 2020. However, criminal complaints concerning this specific type of crime decreased considerably over the past decade, while reports against both violent and sex crimes increased. In 2020, roughly 27 thousand violent and seven thousand sex crime cases were reported to the Danish authorities. Considering sex offences, the number of reported rape cases tripled in recent years, from 382 reports in 2014 to more than 1.1 thousand in 2020. The number of rape charges, though, did not increase correspondingly, and only 735 cases of rape ended up as charges in 2020. In order to circumvent this tendency, the Danish government passed a new law based on sexual consent as of September 2020, following its neighboring country Sweden.

The number of people found guilty of a crime increased since 2009, but decreased in the past few years. In 2018, approximately 144.5 thousand people were charged with a crime in Denmark. With nearly 113 thousand convictions, most criminals were males, compared to around 31.6 thousand females. Among the people who were sentenced to imprisonment in 2020, serving between 31 and 60 days was most common. That same year, two people were sentenced to life imprisonment. In this case, probation is possible after serving 12 years. Most people serving a life sentence in Denmark get released after 16 to 17 years.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 33 most important statistics relating to "Crime in Denmark".

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