Ukip's Farage saw the passing bandwagon and joined in (well of course he did) as did, well, just about every Right Wing account we follow on our 'WatchList' (522+ dubious characters as of today)
The Myth of Sweden's Rape and Sexual Crime data has earned it the false title of 'Rape Capital of the World' '.. of Europe' or '.. of the West' - and it all started when British Author Naomi Wolf stated on BBC's Newsnight, ages ago, that Sweden had the 'highest rape rate in Europe'.
|How the data changed, and why.|
In 2008, Sweden decided to change the way they collect crime data.
For several types of crimes, each offence was recorded as a separate incident rather than several similair occassions being lumped together. (as it should be).
- Not comparable with past data;
- Not comparable with any other nation using a different criteria;
- Probably a lot more accurate.
Perhaps a method which better compares past data with now is the 10-year Crime Survey from NTU (via Professor of Statistics @RVAwonk on Twitter) which shows that the incidence of various crimes has not really changed very much at all:
For a deeper, more scholarly analysis of the myth and the crime data behind it, we recommend this report:
Meanwhile, Swedes continue to troll those illinformed haters. This was our favourite: