Threats and violence against elected politicians

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) focuses on strengthening the ability of local elected politicians to carry out their democratic mandate. It’s important to enable them to continue to play their vital role in Swedish local democracy, even during periods of uncertainty and change.

SALAR's preventive work against threats and violence

SALAR’s work in this area started in 2016, and is funded by central government. The work aims to support local municipalities and regions to develop systematic structures and approaches to prevent and confront threats and other crimes directed against local politicians. You can read more about SALAR's preventive work against threats and violence in the brochure below.

Brochure: Threats and violence against elected politicians (PDF-document, new window)

Project, develop the work against threats and violence directed towards elected politicians

This is a report on the activities undertaken by the Swedish Association of Local Governments and Regions (SALAR) to support and develop the systematic work of municipalities and regions to counter threats and violence against elected representatives.

Report: Project, develop the work against threats and violence (PDF, document, new window)

English summary of The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) report Politician's Safety Survey

Brå is a centre for knowledge about crime and crime prevention measures. This report is a summary of the Swedish report Politikernas trygghetsundersökning 2019 (report PTU no 2019:15).

The purpose of the Politician's Safety Survey (PTU) is to measure the extent and consequences of harassment, threats, and violence experienced by elected representatives who are exposed in their capacity as elected representatives. The purpose of this most recent survey is also to compare exposure during the two election years 2018 and 2014 and look at the result in relation to exposure during the two interim years 2012 and 2016.

Report: English summary of Brå-report (PDF, document, new window)

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  • Anna-Lena Pogulis
  • Lena Langlet


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