Absolute number of incidents included is lower than 2018 study, but National Council for Crime Prevention says figure may be misrepresentation due to changes in reporting structure
Illustrative: Supporters of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement hold flags during a demonstration at the Kungsholmstorg square in Stockholm, Sweden on August 25, 2018. (Fredrik Persson/Getty Images/AFP)
JTA — Antisemitic incidents accounted for 27 percent of all religious hate crimes in 2020 in Sweden, where Jews make up 0.1% of the population.
Hate crimes against Muslims, who make up at least 8% of the population, accounted for 51% of the hate crimes against religious groups documented by police in 2020, according to a Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention report published last month. Anti-Christian hate crimes accounted for 11% of hate crimes targeting religious groups.
In absolute numbers, 170 antisemitic hate crimes and 328 anti-Muslim crimes were documented in 2020.
The remaining 12% of hate crimes involving religion were either against members of other religions, or within the same religion, the report said.
The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention publishes a hate crime report every other year. Although antisemitism figures in the 2020 report are significantly lower than the 280 incidents reported in 2018, the Council cautioned about structural changes in the latest report and warned that there that may not be any decrease in the actual prevalence of antisemitic crimes.