The Politician’s Safety Survey 2017

English summary of Brå report 2017:9

The Politician’s Safety Survey (PTU) measures the extent and consequences of harassment, threats, and violence experienced
by elected representatives who are exposed in their capacity as elected

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This is the fourth survey conducted by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) as instructed by the Government. This is a summary of Brå report 2017:9

Among the results

  • One-fourth of all elected representatives (25 per cent) state that during 2016, they have been the victim of harassment, threats, or violence in connection with their political work as an elected representative. In respect of attempted corruption, 3.4 per cent of the elected officials stated that they were exposed during 2016.
  • Taken as a whole, the percentage of elected representatives who state that they were victims has increased since 2012, when slightly less than 20 per cent stated that they had been victims.
  • Municipal and county politicians in Stockholm state more often that they are victimised than do elected representatives in other regions. Members of the Riksdag are victimised significantly more (66 per cent) than members of municipal and county councils (25 per cent and 34 per cent, respectively).
  • Elected representatives who were more active on the Internet and in social media also state that they are victimised to a greater extent than those who are less active.

© The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, 2017
Authors: Anna Frenzel


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