Youth gangs, Malmö
Malmo gets a bad rap in some international press because of its immigrant population and the quiet serious reaction to it. It's often held up as an example of multiculturalism gone wrong, and people point to immigrant youth gangs causing crime, and the criminally racist reactions from some Swedes, such as the sniper who shot 14 immigrants, killing one. But Malmo is not a high crime city. It's very safe by European standards, and Europe is a pretty damn safe place. I did not feel at all uneasy in Malmo.
Malmö is an industrial city and has a very varied population but to call it northern europe's most dangerous city is absolute nonsense. Of course in any major city there will be areas where the tourist would not want to venture and there may be dark passages which sense would suggest you do not enter. My wife and I (both in our 60's) have just spent a wonderful four days in Malmö, wandering all over the city centre and the obvious tourst areas both during the day and at night (up to about midnight). We did not feel threatened in any way, we saw no gangs of youths nor any drunken behaviour. We were treated with considerable courtesy by everyone we met. We were very nearly put off coming to Malmö by the post on this web site. We are so glad we came. It seems to us to be a very safe city and a great place from which to explore Southern Sweden and Denmark.
Malmö is northen europe most dangerous city. It doesn't mean u shouldn't go here but be aware fo gangs. Malmö has a massive gang activity among youths and robberies are 9 times more common here than in their neighboor city copenhagen. Many of the youths who rob are also armed very often not only with knifes, but with guns. if u get robbed, just hand over the money, or run if u are fast. Never run after thiefs etc, they can be dangerous.
Avoid the ghettos and bad neighborhoods which is the whole east side.
Sweden overall is a very safe country. If you ask some swedes they probably tell you some bad experiences and so on; but compared to most other countries we have little problem. Malmö is, unfortunatly, one of Swedens highest crime-rated cities - with stick-ups & assaults as the most common crime. BUT; worth mentioning here is that these crimes are almost always aimed against other youths (14-20 according to the media).
When visiting Malmö you just have to use your common sense as always.
Sure we have some areas & suburbs with high crime-rate (such as the suburbs Lindänge & Rosengård, and the cityareas Triangeln & Möllevången) but there is absolutely no reason to stay away from them or feel unsafe there.
To be even more safe; Just avoid flashing cameras and other valuable items, and beware of the infamous bad swedish alcohol-temper...:-)