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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Sweden is

2017: 2,296,0001
2013: 1,955,4782
2011: 1,980,0003 4 5
2005: 2,800,0006

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Sweden is

2017: 23.101
2011: 20.837 8 5
2005: 31.66

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Sweden, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 1,115,0009

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

ChartIn Sweden, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2015: 640,00010
2010: 700,000
1999: 915,0009

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Sweden, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 155,0009

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2017 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 206 countries, Sweden ranked at No. 3511

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2017 comparison of the rate of privately owned guns in 206 countries, Sweden ranked at No.2011

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

In Sweden, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2015: 8%12

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2019: 21.9%13
2010: 16%14
2005: 19.3%15
1999/2003: 15.9%
1995/98: 16.2%
1992: 15.1%16
1992/94: 15.9%15

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 10.8%16

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 8.3%16

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Sweden, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 1.6%15
1999/2003: 1.7%
1995/98: 1.7%
1992/94: 1.5%15 16

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Sweden is reported to be

2020: 552,55417
2019: 580,00018
2015: 560,00010
2014: 619,00019
2013: 599,24320
2011: 619,00021 22
2010: 622,15414
1999: 781,5219

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Sweden is

2020: 5.4717
2019: 5.7718
2015: 5.7310
2014: 6.3819
2013: 6.2120
2011: 6.517
2010: 6.60
1999: 8.77

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Sweden is reported to be

2017: 1,955,4781
2013: 1,955,47820
2011: 1,800,00021 22
2005: 2,096,7986

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Sweden is

2011: 18.947
2005: 23.09

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,23 but in Sweden there are estimated to be

2017: 340,5221
2013: 195,54720
2011: 180,0003 23 5
2004: 4,000,00024

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,23 but in Sweden the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2011: 1.897
2004: 44.22

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Sweden are reported to have 139,18025 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Sweden are reported to have 38,00026 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 1572728
2017: 176
2016: 12927
2015: 159
2014: 157
2013: 127
2012: 14129 30 31 32 33
2011: 136
2010: 13834
2009: 158
2008: 138
2007: 135
2006: 140
2005: 138
2004: 157
2003: 14129 30 32
2002: 19229 30 31 32
2001: 164
2000: 171
1999: 188
1998: 167
1997: 169
1996: 17729 30 31

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2018: 1.5827
2017: 1.78
2016: 1.32
2015: 1.64
2014: 1.63
2013: 1.33
2012: 1.48
2011: 1.44
2010: 1.48
2009: 1.70
2008: 1.50
2007: 1.48
2006: 1.54
2005: 1.53
2004: 1.74
2003: 1.57
2002: 2.14
2001: 1.83
2000: 1.92
1999: 2.11
1998: 1.88
1997: 1.90
1996: 1.99

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 15427
2017: 172
2016: 126
2015: 151
2014: 149
2013: 116
2012: 135
2011: 134
2010: 130
2009: 144
2008: 135
2007: 130
2006: 133
2005: 133
2004: 150
2003: 134
2001: 154
2000: 162

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2018: 3.0927
2017: 3.48
2016: 2.57
2015: 3.11
2014: 3.09
2013: 2.43
2012: 2.85
2011: 2.85
2010: 2.79
2009: 3.12
2008: 2.95
2007: 2.87
2006: 2.95
2005: 2.97
2004: 3.36
2003: 3.01
2001: 3.48
2000: 3.67

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 327
2017: 4
2016: 3
2015: 8
2014: 8
2013: 11
2012: 6
2011: 2
2010: 8
2009: 14
2008: 3
2007: 5
2006: 7
2005: 5
2004: 7
2003: 7
2001: 10
2000: 9

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2018: 0.0627
2017: 0.08
2016: 0.06
2015: 0.16
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.23
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.17
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.15
2001: 0.22
2000: 0.20

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 12435
2019: 111
2018: 108
2017: 113
2016: 106
2015: 112
2014: 87
2013: 87
2012: 68
2011: 81
2010: 91
2009: 93
2008: 82
2007: 111
2006: 88
2005: 79
2004: 107
2003: 85
2002: 101
2001: 87
2000: 96
1999: 9936 37
1998: 93
1997: 91
1996: 97
1995: 83

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 1.2335
2019: 1.11
2018: 1.08
2017: 1.14
2016: 1.08
2015: 1.15
2014: 0.90
2013: 0.90
2012: 0.71
2011: 0.86
2010: 0.97
2009: 0.99
2008: 0.88
2007: 1.21
2006: 1.0
2005: 0.9
2004: 1.2
2003: 1.0
2002: 1.1
2001: 1.0
2000: 1.1
1999: 1.136
1998: 1.1
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.1
1995: 0.9
1993: 1.3038

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 9935
2019: 86
2018: 7539
2017: 86
2016: 77
2015: 83
2014: 62
2013: 61
2012: 47
2011: 56
2010: 64
2009: 54
2008: 54
2007: 79

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 1.9635
2019: 1.71
2018: 1.50
2017: 1.74
2016: 1.57
2015: 1.70
2014: 1.28
2013: 1.27
2012: 0.98
2011: 1.19
2010: 1.37
2009: 1.18
2008: 1.18
2007: 1.74

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual female homicides by any means total

2020: 2535
2019: 25
2018: 3339
2017: 27
2016: 29
2015: 29
2014: 25
2013: 26
2012: 21
2011: 25
2010: 27
2009: 38
2008: 28
2007: 32

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 0.5035
2019: 0.50
2018: 0.66
2017: 0.55
2016: 0.59
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.52
2013: 0.54
2012: 0.45
2011: 0.53
2010: 0.57
2009: 0.82
2008: 0.60
2007: 0.69

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual firearm homicides total

2020: 4835
2019: 45
2018: 43
2017: 40
2016: 30
2015: 33
2014: 28
2013: 22
2012: 15
2011: 17
2010: 20
2009: 2229
2008: 14
2007: 21
2006: 13
2005: 11
2004: 1529 36
2003: 18
2002: 16
2001: 19
2000: 2229
1999: 30
1998: 25
1997: 1429 36
1996: 11
1995: 2940

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2020: 0.4835
2019: 0.45
2018: 0.43
2017: 0.40
2016: 0.31
2015: 0.34
2014: 0.29
2013: 0.27
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.1729 36
2003: 0.2
2002: 0.18
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.2529
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.28
1997: 0.1629 36
1996: 0.12
1995: 0.3340
1993: 0.1841

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Sweden, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2011: 27%42
2010: 17%43 44
2004: 33.9%36
2003: 48.2%
2002: 58.6%
2001: 39.3%
1997: 19.8%
1996: 28.9%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Sweden, annual male firearm homicides total

2016: 2427
2015: 3135
2014: 25
2013: 13
2012: 14
2011: 16
2010: 14
2009: 14
2008: 12
2007: 18

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.4927
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.50
2013: 0.30
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.30
2010: 0.30
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.39

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Sweden, annual female firearm homicides total

2016: 227
2015: 2
2014: 227
2013: 2
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 4
2009: 7
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 2
2001: 3
2000: 5

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0427
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.10
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.06

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual handgun homicides total

2014: 1829
2013: 15
2012: 11
2011: 1
2010: 1
2007: 3
2006: 1
2004: 3
2003: 5
2002: 3
2001: 2
2000: 2
1999: 3
1998: 3

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.1929
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.01
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.03

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual long gun homicides total

2014: 129
2013: 5
2012: 3
2011: 2
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 2
2002: 2
2001: 5
2000: 3
1999: 10
1998: 8
1997: 3

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0129
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.11
1998: 0.09
1997: 0.03

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Sweden, annual gun homicides (other) total

2014: 629
2013: 2
2012: 2
2011: 16
2010: 17
2009: 21
2008: 12
2007: 17
2006: 10
2005: 10
2004: 10
2003: 11
2002: 11
2001: 12
2000: 17
1999: 17
1998: 14
1997: 11

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0629
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.23
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.19
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.16
1997: 0.12

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual suicides by any means total

2018: 1,37227
2017: 1,323
2016: 1,229
2015: 1,300
2014: 1,272
2013: 1,325
2012: 1,273
2011: 1,223
2010: 1,251
2009: 1,372
2008: 1,290
2007: 1,233
2006: 1,317
2005: 1,338
2004: 1,292
2003: 1,228
2001: 1,335
2000: 1,266
1996: 1,25345

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 027
2018: 13.66
2017: 13.28
2016: 12.44
2015: 13.26
2014: 13.08
2013: 13.73
2012: 13.30
2011: 12.87
2010: 13.26
2009: 14.67
2008: 13.91
2007: 13.40
2006: 14.42
2005: 14.73
2004: 14.28
2003: 13.63
2001: 14.92
2000: 14.19
1996: 14.1245
1993: 15.7546

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual male suicides by any means total

2018: 98827
2017: 974
2016: 877
2015: 966
2014: 906
2013: 955
2012: 937
2011: 899
2010: 946
2009: 1,014
2008: 974
2007: 907
2006: 935
2005: 953
2004: 968
2003: 893
2001: 967
2000: 935

Rate of Male Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2018: 19.6927
2017: 19.57
2016: 17.76
2015: 19.73
2014: 18.66
2013: 19.83
2012: 19.62
2011: 18.97
2010: 20.13
2009: 21.78
2008: 21.12
2007: 19.84
2006: 20.62
2005: 21.15
2004: 21.58
2003: 20
2001: 21.84
2000: 21.19

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual female suicides by any means total

2018: 38427
2017: 349
2016: 352
2015: 334
2014: 366
2013: 370
2012: 336
2011: 324
2010: 305
2009: 358
2008: 316
2007: 326
2006: 382
2005: 385
2004: 324
2003: 335
2001: 368
2000: 331

Rate of Female Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2018: 7.6527
2017: 7
2016: 7.12
2015: 6.81
2014: 7.52
2013: 7.66
2012: 7
2011: 6.80
2010: 6.44
2009: 7.62
2008: 6.78
2007: 7.04
2006: 8.30
2005: 8.41
2004: 7.10
2003: 7.37
2001: 8.14
2000: 7.34

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual firearm suicides total

2018: 10427
2017: 134
2016: 95
2015: 121
2014: 12430
2013: 98
2012: 12230 33
2011: 11330
2010: 113
2009: 132
2008: 120
2007: 107
2006: 121
2005: 119
2004: 138
2003: 120
2002: 169
2001: 139
2000: 136
1999: 154
1998: 133
1997: 148
1996: 163

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2018: 1.0427
2017: 1.36
2016: 0.97
2015: 1.24
2014: 1.29
2013: 1.02
2012: 1.28
2011: 1.20
2010: 1.21
2009: 1.42
2008: 1.30
2007: 1.17
2006: 1.33
2005: 1.32
2004: 1.53
2003: 1.34
2002: 1.89
2001: 1.55
2000: 1.52
1999: 1.74
1998: 1.5
1997: 1.67
1996: 1.84
1993: 2.0947

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Sweden, annual male firearm suicides total

2018: 10227
2017: 133
2016: 94
2015: 118
2014: 121
2013: 94
2012: 120
2011: 112
2010: 110
2009: 127
2008: 119
2007: 106
2006: 118
2005: 118
2004: 135
2003: 118
2001: 134
2000: 133

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2018: 2.0327
2017: 2.67
2016: 1.90
2015: 2.41
2014: 2.49
2013: 1.95
2012: 2.51
2011: 2.36
2010: 2.34
2009: 2.73
2008: 2.58
2007: 2.32
2006: 2.60
2005: 2.62
2004: 3.01
2003: 2.64
2001: 3.03
2000: 3.01

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Sweden, annual female firearm suicides total

2018: 227
2017: 1
2016: 1
2015: 3
2014: 3
2013: 4
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 3
2009: 5
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 3
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 2
2001: 5
2000: 3

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2018: 0.0427
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.11
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.04
2001: 0.11
2000: 0.07

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual handgun suicides total

2014: 2730
2013: 21
2012: 25
2011: 11
2010: 15
2009: 16
2008: 21
2007: 15
2006: 14
2005: 18
2004: 19
2003: 25
2002: 17
2001: 16
2000: 11
1999: 15
1998: 18
1997: 16

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.2830
2013: 0.22
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.23
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.28
2002: 0.19
2001: 0.18
2000: 0.12
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.20
1997: 0.18

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Sweden, the number of long gun suicides is

2014: 9430
2013: 72
2012: 93
2011: 75
2010: 63
2009: 77
2008: 64
2007: 58
2006: 68
2005: 61
2004: 77
2003: 54
2002: 93
2001: 87
2000: 83
1999: 114
1998: 86
1997: 101

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.9730
2013: 0.75
2012: 0.98
2011: 0.79
2010: 0.67
2009: 0.83
2008: 0.69
2007: 0.63
2006: 0.75
2005: 0.68
2004: 0.86
2003: 0.60
2002: 1.04
2001: 0.98
2000: 0.94
1999: 1.29
1998: 0.97
1997: 1.14

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Sweden, annual gun suicides (other) total

2014: 330
2013: 5
2012: 4
2011: 27
2010: 35
2009: 39
2008: 35
2007: 34
2006: 39
2005: 40
2004: 42
2003: 41
2002: 59
2001: 36
2000: 42
1999: 25
1998: 29
1997: 31

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0330
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.37
2009: 0.42
2008: 0.38
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.43
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.66
2001: 0.40
2000: 0.47
1999: 0.28
1998: 0.33
1997: 0.35

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2018: 327
2017: 2
2016: 127
2015: 227
2014: 231
2013: 0
2012: 131 33
2011: 231
2010: 6
2008: 1
2007: 6
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 1
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 8
1999: 1
1998: 3
1997: 2
1996: 3

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2018: 0.0327
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.02
2013:
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.06
2009:
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.01
2003:
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.03
1993: 0.0348

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2018: 327
2017: 1
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 2
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 5
2008: 1
2007: 5
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 1
2001: 2
2000: 8

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2018: 0.0627
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.02
2014: 0.04
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.11
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.02
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.18

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2017: 127
2015: 2
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2007: 1

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0227
2015: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2007: 0.02

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 231
2005: 1
2002: 1
2000: 2
1997: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.0231
2005: 0.01
2002: 0.01
2000: 0.02
1997: 0.01

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2014: 231
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 3
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 2
2001: 1
2000: 3
1999: 1
1998: 3
1997: 1

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0231
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.03
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.01

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Sweden, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 131
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 1
2001: 1
2000: 3

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.0131
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.03

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2018: 527
2017: 2
2016: 4
2015: 3
2014: 332
2013: 5
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 3
2007: 1
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 6
2001: 4
2000: 3
1999: 3
1998: 6
1997: 5

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 027
2018: 0.05
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.01
2006: 0
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.07
1997: 0.06
1993: 0.0649

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2018: 427
2017: 2
2016: 427
2015: 227
2014: 3
2013: 3
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 2
2003: 3
2001: 2
2000: 3

Rate of Male Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause male shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2018: 0.0827
2017: 0.04
2016: 0.08
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.02
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.07
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.07

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2018: 127
2015: 1
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 1
2005: 1
2001: 2

Rate of Female Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause female shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2018: 0.0227
2015: 0.02
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2005: 0.02
2001: 0.04

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 432
2012: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1
2004: 1
2002: 2
1999: 1
1998: 2
1997: 1

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0432
2012: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2002: 0.02
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.01

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 132
2010: 1
2008: 1
2005: 1
2003: 1
2001: 1
2000: 1
1999: 1
1998: 1
1997: 1

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0132
2010: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2003: 0.01
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.01
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.01
1997: 0.01

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Sweden, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2012: 132
2011: 1
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 1
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 4
2001: 3
2000: 2
1999: 1
1998: 3
1997: 3

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.0132
2011: 0.01
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.03

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 327
2015: 2
2014: 4
2013: 2
2011: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Sweden, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence5051

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Sweden was ranked 'small'52

Home-made Guns

In Sweden, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be low53

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Sweden, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62

Firearm Exports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms exported from Sweden is reported by manufacturers to be

2018: 063
2017: 0

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Sweden is reported by Customs to be US$

2021: 56,118,00064
2020: 39,022,000
2019: 38,649,000
2018: 31,509,000
2017: 36,706,000
2016: 40,413,000
2015: 36,266,000
2014: 42,244,000
2013: 37,497,000
2012: 31,617,000
2011: 33,179,000
2010: 32,897,000
2009: 30,076,000
2008: 28,478,000
2007: 27,328,000
2006: 20,768,000
2005: 21,531,000
2004: 19,347,000
2003: 17,070,000
2002: 3,601,000
2001: 23,000,00065

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Sweden was categorized as 'major'66 67 68

Firearm Imports

In Sweden, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law54 55 56 69 58 59 60 61

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to Sweden is reported to be

2019: 0
2018: 0
2017: 0

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Sweden is reported by Customs to be US$

2021: 45,036,00070
2020: 37,404,000
2019: 37,186,000
2018: 42,395,000
2017: 46,739,000
2016: 38,757,000
2015: 41,209,000
2014: 34,028,000
2013: 31,094,000
2012: 28,326,000
2011: 23,222,000
2010: 24,544,000
2009: 19,500,000
2008: 33,981,000
2007: 24,954,000
2006: 18,776,000
2005: 18,005,000
2004: 18,195,000
2003: 17,312,000
2002: 10,037,000

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Sweden is low71 72

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Sweden, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law73 56 57 74 75

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Sweden include54 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Sweden scored

2020: 15.25
2019: 15.5076
2018: 17.2577
2017: 16.7578
2016: 16.0079
2014: 15.0080
2013: 15.5081
2012: 15.2582
2011: 15.0083
2010: 16.5084
2009: 16.0085
2008: 14.5086
2007: 16.0087
2006: 14.7588
2005: 15.2589
2004: 11.7590

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Sweden is categorised as restrictive91

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Sweden includes the Weapons Act (Vapenlagen 1996:67 ),92 the Weapons Ordinance (Vapenförordningen 1996:70 ), the National Police Board directives,92 the Military Equipment Act (Lag om Krigsmateriel) 1992,56 50 Directive (EU) 2021/555 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 March 2021 on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons ,93 94 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012 and the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200395

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Sweden are regulated by the National Police21 and the European Commission94

Right to Possess Firearms

In Sweden, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law96 97

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Sweden, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, and armour-piercing, incendiary and expanding ammunition98 99

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Sweden, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited98 100 42

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Sweden, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation101 102 99

Regulation of Handguns

In Sweden, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence, in some cases, but not for the protection of person or property92 98 101 102 99 42

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Sweden, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law92 101 102 99 42

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Sweden, only licensed gun owners92 103 98 101 42 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Sweden are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection and self-defence (but in practice, no such licences are ever granted)92 104

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Sweden is 18 years104

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Sweden must pass a background check which considers criminal and mental health104 42 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Sweden stipulates in practice9 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Sweden, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required92 for a firearm licence

Licensing Records

In Sweden, authorities maintain a record9 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Sweden are permitted to possess only one firearm per licence92

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Sweden are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the intended firearm61

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Sweden, the law requires105 106 107 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Sweden, licensed firearm dealers are required107 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Sweden, licensed gun makers are required50 105 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Sweden, State agencies are required105 106 108 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Sweden, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful69 74 102

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Sweden is reported to be

2010: 400109

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Sweden include92 21 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Sweden include108 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Sweden include9 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Sweden, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law42

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Sweden, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit only in exceptional circumstances9

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Sweden, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm110 is four years in prison69 111

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Sweden is bound by the provisions of the ‘EU Firearms Directive’ – the 2007 Legislative Resolution on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons of the European Parliament112 113

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Sweden is bound to declare its transfers of military technology and equipment. Independent monitoring provides detailed comparisons of arms export reporting compliance across EU member states, and records that Sweden has submitted one or more national reports114 on its arms transfers

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2006115 by Sweden.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified116 by Sweden

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed and ratified117 by Sweden

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Sweden committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects118

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Sweden against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 50119 120 121 122 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Sweden has submitted one or more national reports123 124 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Sweden, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated124

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Sweden, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated125 124

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Sweden submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent124

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated124 by Sweden to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Sweden has declared126 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Sweden has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1946127

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists128 Sweden as a Participating State

BackgroundSustainable Development Goal Profile

About SDG 16

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals set by the United Nations to be implemented by all member states by 2030. Adopted in 2015, they outline a vision of development in which peace and security are an integral part. SDG 16,129 which seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,” includes targets and indicators focused on reducing violence (Target 16.1) and the proliferation of illicit arms (Target 16.4). The indicators – or measurement criteria – of these targets include the number of victims of intentional homicide (Indicator 16.1.1), the number of conflict-related deaths (Indicator 16.1.2), and the number of illicit firearms collected and traced (Indicator 16.4.2). In light of these targets and indicators, GunPolicy.org provides granular national data pertaining to homicides, gun homicides, conflict deaths, disarmament efforts, and marking and tracing.

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 12435
2019: 111
2018: 108
2017: 113
2016: 106
2015: 112
2014: 87
2013: 87
2012: 68
2011: 81
2010: 91
2009: 93
2008: 82
2007: 111
2006: 88
2005: 79
2004: 107
2003: 85
2002: 101
2001: 87
2000: 96
1999: 9936 37
1998: 93
1997: 91
1996: 97
1995: 83

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 1.2335
2019: 1.11
2018: 1.08
2017: 1.14
2016: 1.08
2015: 1.15
2014: 0.90
2013: 0.90
2012: 0.71
2011: 0.86
2010: 0.97
2009: 0.99
2008: 0.88
2007: 1.21
2006: 1.0
2005: 0.9
2004: 1.2
2003: 1.0
2002: 1.1
2001: 1.0
2000: 1.1
1999: 1.136
1998: 1.1
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.1
1995: 0.9
1993: 1.3038

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 9935
2019: 86
2018: 7539
2017: 86
2016: 77
2015: 83
2014: 62
2013: 61
2012: 47
2011: 56
2010: 64
2009: 54
2008: 54
2007: 79

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 1.9635
2019: 1.71
2018: 1.50
2017: 1.74
2016: 1.57
2015: 1.70
2014: 1.28
2013: 1.27
2012: 0.98
2011: 1.19
2010: 1.37
2009: 1.18
2008: 1.18
2007: 1.74

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, annual female homicides by any means total

2020: 2535
2019: 25
2018: 3339
2017: 27
2016: 29
2015: 29
2014: 25
2013: 26
2012: 21
2011: 25
2010: 27
2009: 38
2008: 28
2007: 32

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 0.5035
2019: 0.50
2018: 0.66
2017: 0.55
2016: 0.59
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.52
2013: 0.54
2012: 0.45
2011: 0.53
2010: 0.57
2009: 0.82
2008: 0.60
2007: 0.69

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Sweden, annual firearm homicides total

2020: 4835
2019: 45
2018: 43
2017: 40
2016: 30
2015: 33
2014: 28
2013: 22
2012: 15
2011: 17
2010: 20
2009: 2229
2008: 14
2007: 21
2006: 13
2005: 11
2004: 1529 36
2003: 18
2002: 16
2001: 19
2000: 2229
1999: 30
1998: 25
1997: 1429 36
1996: 11
1995: 2940

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2020: 0.4835
2019: 0.45
2018: 0.43
2017: 0.40
2016: 0.31
2015: 0.34
2014: 0.29
2013: 0.27
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.15
2007: 0.23
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.1729 36
2003: 0.2
2002: 0.18
2001: 0.21
2000: 0.2529
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.28
1997: 0.1629 36
1996: 0.12
1995: 0.3340
1993: 0.1841

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Sweden, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2011: 27%42
2010: 17%43 44
2004: 33.9%36
2003: 48.2%
2002: 58.6%
2001: 39.3%
1997: 19.8%
1996: 28.9%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Sweden, annual male firearm homicides total

2016: 2427
2015: 3135
2014: 25
2013: 13
2012: 14
2011: 16
2010: 14
2009: 14
2008: 12
2007: 18

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.4927
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.50
2013: 0.30
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.30
2010: 0.30
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.39

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Sweden, annual female firearm homicides total

2016: 227
2015: 2
2014: 227
2013: 2
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 4
2009: 7
2008: 1
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 2
2001: 3
2000: 5

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Sweden, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0427
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.10
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.06

Conflict Deaths

For a profile of conflict in Sweden, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Disarmament

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

ChartIn Sweden, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2018: 12,365130
2013: 15,132131 132
2007: 13.570 132130
1993: 17,000
:

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Sweden, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2020: 1,305133
2019: 3,187134
2018: 3,556
2017: 3,187135
2016: 3,556
2015: 7,224136
2014: 115137
2013: 66138
2012: 60
2011: 46
2010: 46

Small Arms Destroyed

In Sweden, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2017: 155139

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Sweden, it is state policy108 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Sweden, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required (in practice rather than law)50 106 140 141 142 143

Firearm Tracing

In Sweden, state authorities carry out144 141 142 107 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Global Peace Index

To see where Sweden ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index, and then click on Sweden on the map or in the "Select Country" menu on the right of the web page


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