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European Crime Rates

European Crime Rates

European Crime Rates

Europe is a vast continent with many different countries meaning that is offers a range of different climates, scenery and lifestyles. All of theses things might influence your decisions on which European countries to visit and especially your decisions about which European countries would make the best homes if you are thinking of migrating.

Just like the climate and cuisine, the European crime rates will also vary from country to country, and this is something you should definitely take into account if you are thinking of moving to Europe. The European crime rates will affect how likely you are to encounter a robbery or a mugging, and how safe you feel at night. It will effect how you feel when you let your children out to walk to school, and whether it’s safe for them to play in the street, and it will even affect the amount of noise and the number of sirens you hear as you are drifting off to sleep. Looking into the European crime rates then is highly important before you choose which country to move to.

For many people thinking of moving to the UK it is important to recognise that Britain has got the worst of all European crime rates. It has the highest level of assaults as well as high rates of car theft, general robbery and pick pocketing. Much of this is put down to the binge drinking culture in the UK which has given those countries a bad name. Changes to the licensing laws have attempted to address this problem but have been largely unsuccessful. The other countries with the highest European crime rates are: Estonia, Holland and Denmark, each of which again have high rates of theft, assault and GTA. The highest rates of sexual violence were reported in: Ireland, Sweden, Austria and Germany.

This makes them slightly less safe to live in, and contrasts them with the countries with the lowest European crime rates: Spain, Hungary, Finland and Portugal. Italy and France also have very low rates of assault.

However it is important to put European crime rates in perspective. First of all, the dangers posed by these crimes is in many cases much less than the dangers caused in politically unstable countries. At the same time it is important to weigh up the European crime rates against other factors such as quality of living, language, climate and employment opportunities and other aspects – it may be that a country with a higher crime rate best fits your requirements despite its crime rate.

Finally, you should be sure to look at the crime rates not just of a country but of specific areas – and any country will have areas with both high and low crime rates if you look around.

16 Comments so far

  1. Solveig   March 20, 2011 10:19 am

    And I thought that Spain was a bit unsafe to live in. Thanks for opening my eyes. And yes, you are so right about one thing. If not too high, european crime rates are less important than political instability. But still, it is good to know about the european crime rates before visiting europe.

  2. Robbie   March 20, 2011 2:09 pm

    These european crime rates make europe safer than america. I find this continent safer to live on. Wouldn’t move to USA even if someone paid me. Also, the european crime rates prove the fact that we are more civilized.
    Europeans ftw!

  3. Maybell   March 24, 2011 10:52 am

    That is really too bad about the UK having the worst record. That would be the place that I would choose to live if I moved to Europe. I have always been fasinated by the UK. How they talk is what I love. The accent is what I mean.

  4. Anchorman   March 27, 2011 12:21 pm

    UK is damn dangerous. I never thought about the european crime rates. Traveled without informing myself about it. Good thing you mentioned it in this post. From now on, I’ll take into account the european crime rates, when travelling.

  5. Ingrid   April 3, 2011 12:48 pm

    European crime rates show us that europe is still a safe continent. USA is very dangerous, imho. It’s way safer to live in Europe, if you ask me. I wouldn’t move out from europe. I enjoy my life here and the european crime rates should be high as hell, in order to move out.

  6. Amy Jo   April 9, 2011 9:53 am

    Some of these facts just amaze me about European Crime rates. I would have thought that Germany would have a low crime rate. And I was surprised to see that Holland has one of the highest crime rates. I always thought Holland was so calm and peaceful. I guess not.

  7. Derek   May 14, 2011 8:49 pm

    This is not true!! Portugal has at least one of the highest crime rates since 2007 – gang deaths, mafia, organised crime, homicides, drug related crimes, carjacking, hijacking, you name it we got it. And if statistics try to hide that, it’s only because the government doesen’t want you to know. Don’t believe me?come and see for yourself.

  8. Ragnhild   July 13, 2011 3:27 am

    I think that comparative statistics are very misleading. So much of the information depends upon the culture of reporting (eg, rape rates in Sweden) and how a particular culture chooses to define a crime. Plus I think the media and cultural attitudes are important. I have lived in both the UK and Norway. Murder and rape rates per 100,000 are comparable but in Norway there is a far more relaxed attitude whereas in the UK, everyone sits up and pays attention to every little incident. I feel equally safe in both countries.

  9. Gwen   August 25, 2011 11:20 am

    All places are unsafe to live in. Others are worse than others. I had heard a few times that Europe was unsafe to live in. I guess they were right when they told me that.

  10. Jose   September 17, 2011 5:48 pm

    “The other countries with the highest European crime rates are: Estonia, Holland and Denmark, each of which again have high rates of theft, assault and GTA. ”


    Denmark has VERY LOW crime rates in the world! This is measured every year by Global Peace Index: “Denmark remains in second position in the GPI in 2009. It is politically stable and enjoys good relations with its neighbours. Rates of violent crime and homicide are low, violent demonstrations are highly unlikely to occur and there is a high level of respect for human rights.”


  11. David Wainwright   October 13, 2011 2:11 pm

    To Robbie & Ingrid,

    I live in the United States, and have travelled to many countries, and I would disagree with your blanket assumption that the United States is unsafe. Parts of the United States (inner cities, the South) have a very high rate of violent crime, but the majority of the United States has low crime rates.

    Where I live has a homicide rate of 1 per 100,000 which is less than most European countries. I can go without locking my car doors, and nobody breaks into my car. The United States has a much more varied crime rate than many other countries. There are places in the US which have a crime epidemic, and other places with almost no major crime.

    In terms of European countries, I believe that Britain is the most unsafe, and either Denmark or Switzerland is the safest. Britain use to be very safe, but in recent years, violent crime has got really out of hand. In other European countries, there are problem with pickpocketing, burglary, and other theft-related crimes, but Britain is the only county in Europe with a lot of violent crime.

  12. Mister   June 1, 2012 1:23 pm

    The crime rate is directly proportional to the ethnic demographics of the immediate area.

    Naive and unwary visitors don’t understand this phenomenon and that is why they too often end up as crime victims.

    If you avoid the bad areas you will be perfectly safe.

  13. Andrew   August 24, 2013 8:00 am

    The Vatican City in Italy has the highest crime rate in the world.

  14. Andrew   August 31, 2013 6:35 am

    The Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world.

  15. Chris Dove   September 21, 2013 5:57 am

    You also have to be careful with like for like crimes. In the UK violence figures also include public order offences such as youths shouting and causing harassment alarm or distress in a street. No one is injured or directly threatened but this will still be recorded as a violence offence.I suspect not all countries capture data in the same way and so it is difficult to compare directly.

  16. Dejtemir   February 3, 2015 8:21 pm

    Your claims are FALSE!

    Don’t know where you’re gettin this data but you should definitely find a trustworthy source and correct the article.

    The damage you are doing to safe countries is huge and that is not ok. Edit your article and do it soon. I hope you are not doing this on purpose and deliberately spreading lies?? Well just in case I will inform the agencies of these countries so they can take action against this.

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