From young, through news and media my impression of Sweden is that it is a truly 1st world country on par with Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, etc. Also, my impression is that it used to be very safe, possibly one of the safest countries in the world.
But recently, Sweden seems to have risen to the rank of one of the most dangerous country in Europe, and some say the world! It is truly saddening and unbelievable. (I started to research on Sweden as I was searching for some jobs that had overseas travel requirements.)
From the way the online news media are portraying it, Sweden is very dangerous, almost on the level of Iraq/Iran/Afghanistan. I will definitely not dare to visit, let alone work there in the future.
- https://www.thetoptens.com/dangerous-countries-europe/ (Ranked top 13 most dangerous in Europe)
“Mass immigration, mass raping mass crimes evil place to live was great now it’s a hell hole”
“STOCKHOLM — Sweden may be known for its popular music, IKEA and a generous welfare state. It is also increasingly associated with a rising number of Islamic State recruits, bombings and hand grenade attacks.”
“The claim: Many young male migrants arrived in Sweden over the past few years, when the country accepted unprecedented numbers of refugees, and there has been a huge rise in sexual crime in Sweden especially in the southern port city of Malmo.”
- Sweden’s deadly problem with hand grenades (2018 News)
“The number of explosions caused by hand grenades has increased in Sweden in recent years. There were fewer than five in 2014 but at least 20 in 2017, and a further 39 grenades were seized by police.”
YouTube video: Some people have started wearing bulletproof vests in Sweden.