Can I trust the police in Sweden?

Reports of low-level corruption among police officers in Sweden are very rare, and most Swedes have a high level of trust in the police. If something bad happens to you in Sweden – which is very unlikely – you can usually rely on the police to deal with the problem fairly and honestly.

In a 2014 report, Sweden (along with Denmark, Finland and Luxembourg) was shown to have the lowest levels of police bribery in the European Union, with less than one percent of those surveyed expecting to be able to pay off law enforcement officers.

If you end up getting arrested in Sweden (whether you’re guilty of a crime or not), the police should treat you respectfully. You’re entitled to a lawyer, and the law says that you should be told whether or not you’re going to be prosecuted as soon as possible after interrogation.



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