No, Fox News & Trump Aren't Lying About Sweden

Angry Foreigner
Feb. 21, 2017

Aftonbladet is probably the biggest newspaper in Sweden. When Donald Trump mentioned what happened "last night in Sweden" they were quick to mock him, and soon followed up with a serious article attempting to debunk Ami Horowitz documentary Stockholm Syndrome.

It's just a shame it's full of fallacies.

Let's begin.

Claim: "Weapons crime and rapes have risen since Sweden opened its borders." Aftonbladets reply: In 2015 there were 5 290 reported rapes, a 12 percent decrease compared to 2014.

As you can clearly see in their own linked source, sex crimes have doubled since 2012. They decreased a little in 2014, only to rise again in 2015. So the way they selectively pick and choose here is devious. I'd also like to mention that women's comfortability with reporting crime has actually gone down.

They go on to say: According to the authorities 13 percent of the Swedish population was subject to a criminal act in 2015. In comparison with 2014 that's an increase, but approximately the same as 2005. According to a report from BrĂ¥ 2015, leathal violence has decreased in Sweden the past years.

The amount of people dying from violence has gone down over the years, but attempted murder has gone up since the 80's. All this means is that emergency medical services have gotten better at saving people. When the media happily reports about drops in violence it's referring to limited periods of time, where it does indeed drop.

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