October 17, 2003

Murderous Swedes II

Here is the Economist's chart on per-capital killings:


Posted by Jame at 07:39 AM GMT

Two minutes of research solves this problem. Google "interpol crime rate", find this website, download the PDF for Sweden for 2001, observe that the crime rate was 1.87 per 100,000. Like I told you, one third that of the US.

Pretty big lapse for the Economist, and a feather in the cap of those who accuse the newspaper of being a bit dilettantish in its approach to social problems. Ask any Swede who reads newspapers and she will tell you Sweden was discovered to have been overreporting its crime rate for years because of faulty reporting system.

Posted by: Stefan on October 17, 2003 12:55 PM

The fourth comment on your last post sums it up, Interpol is using faulty statistics (all reports involving murder, not actual murders) and our Police didn't notice it until this report... been all over the news in Sweden, we're still quite a peacefull nation... :)

Posted by: johan on October 17, 2003 06:14 PM

And just when I thought the Scandies were getting interesting.

Should've lied, puffed your chests, and said "We bad, yeah we bad!!" like Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in Silver Streak. "The euro? Sit on it, sucker!"

Posted by: jame on October 18, 2003 06:59 AM

How do you "over report" murders (ie-death at the hands of another?) Are you saying with the "faulty reporting system" that Swedes aren't capable of counting but Zambians are?

Posted by: Peter on October 19, 2003 10:31 PM

Newsmax, that bastion of journalistic integrity, runs with it.

Posted by: Stefan on October 22, 2003 11:45 AM