Study: violence increasing on streets of Stockholm

Street violence in Stockholm is rising, according to a study by Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset).

The study is based on data gathered over several years on patients admitted to the hospital’s emergency room.

“We have more injuries resulting from violence than we have heart attacks, and we have the most heart attacks of any hospital in the entire country,” said the hospital’s Sören Sanz, who authored the report, to Sveriges Radio.

While the study also reveals that there are fewer patients being admitted with knife and gunshot wounds, that doesn’t necessarily indicate that Stockholm’s streets are any less violent.

Rather than firearms and knives, attackers instead cut their victims with broken bottles, or kick them violently.

Kicking wounds have increased roughly six-fold since 2000, now accounting for nearly 45 percent of emergency room admissions due to violent injuries.