Swedish Jews suffered 280 attacks in 2018; overall, the number of racist attacks in the country has soared 69% since 2016. Government statistics show that the number of anti-Jewish hate crimes recorded in Sweden rose to a record high last year. , an increase of 53% over 2016.
The 2018 report issued by the Swedish National Crime Prevention Council on Thursday listed 280 anti-Semitic hate crimes in that year, compared with 182 in 2016. The latest figures are the highest since 2006, when the committee began collecting aggregated data.
According to the report, in general, the number of hate crimes with racist or xenophobic motives in Sweden has increased by 69% compared to 2016, compared with 4,865 last year. The committee decided not to publish the number of hate crimes for 2017 without explaining this decision.
In an attack in 2017, the Jewish parliamentary synagogue in Gothenburg was bombed by about 10 people protesting against Israeli policy. In 2018, anti-Jewish attacks accounted for 4% of all hate crimes. The Jewish population of 20,000 accounts for about 0.2% of the Swedish population.
Anti-Muslim hate crimes accounted for 8% of the hate crimes recorded in 2018, which is slightly lower than the estimated share of the minority in the Swedish population. The report did not specify the identity of the perpetrators of hate crimes against Jews, but did say that the data included “the situation where the perpetrator belongs to the majority of the population and the offender belongs to another minority.”