The study, published by the country's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brå), reveals that Sweden is the only country on the continent where shootings have increased substantially since the start of the century.
"Most of the fatal shootings in Sweden (around 80 percent) had a link to organised crime, according to the study, a proportion which had risen from 30 to 50 percent in the early 2000s and less than 20 percent in the 1990s. Brå also compared the proportion to other countries: around 60 percent of fatal shootings were linked to organised crime in the Netherlands, while in Finland such events were extremely rare," reports The Local.
After having been ranked 18th out of 22 countries for gun crime from 2000 to 2003, Sweden now ranks in second place, behind only Croatia.
Authorities appear to be baffled at the cause of the increase, blaming it on "illegal drugs trade, conflicts within organised crime networks, and low levels of trust in the police."
"The increased gun violence in Sweden is unique in comparison with most other countries in Europe, and there are no clear explanations for that," said Håkan Jarborg, a police chief in southern Sweden.
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