Now this bewildered me. Sweden usually comes at the top of the human development indicators. Whether we are talking about inequality or gender equalisation policies and the like, Sweden is streets ahead of all of the rest of the lot of European countries. I quote:
Sweden has the highest incidence of reported rapes in Europe - twice as many as "runner up" the UK, a new study shows. Researchers behind the EU study, which will be presented on Tuesday, conclude that rape appears to be a more common occurrence in Sweden than in continental European countries.
In Sweden, 46 incidents of rape are reported per 100,000 residents. This figure is double as many as in the UK which reports 23 cases, and four times that of the other Nordic countries, Germany and France. The figure is up to 20 times the figure for certain countries in southern and eastern Europe.
The high figures in Sweden can not it seems be explained purely by an increased tendency to report rapes and other more minor sexual offences. Rape simply appears to be a more common occurrence in Sweden than in the other EU countries studied, the researchers argue.
This is worrisome indeed if this is the way of the future as most of the European countries are slowly adopting the Nordic or Swedish model if you like. Would castration help?