According to a report published by academic researchers in 2017, shooting incidents with fatal outcomes are about 4 to 5 times as common in Sweden compared to neighbouring countries such as Germany and Norway when taking population size into account.
The city with the highest prevalence of shootings was Malmö.
The results from coming years will show whether the increase in 2015 is the beginning of a new trend or a temporary deviation from an otherwise relatively stable level.
The number of cases of lethal violence [Murder, manslaughter, and assault with a lethal outcome) in Sweden has remained at a relatively constant level over the period of 2002 to 2016 — on average 92 cases per year.
The prosecutors are lawyers employed by the Swedish Prosecution Authority, a wholly independent organisation not dependent on courts or the police, and not directed by the Ministry of Justice (any ministerial interference is in fact unconstitutional).