Rowdy football fans get part of the blame for the western Copenhagen suburbs' position as the most violent in the land. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix
The three suburban municipalities of Glostrup, Albertslund and Brøndy take the top three spots for the most cases of reported violence per 1,000 residents. In Glostrup and Albertslund, there are 4.3 reports of violence for every 1,000 inhabitants, with Brøndby close behind at 4.2. Another western Copenhagen suburb, Ishøj, is also among the ten most violent municipalities in the country.
Police said the violence there is often times related to football games at Brøndby Stadium, with thousands of fans streaming into the area for matches.
Copenhagen is significantly more peaceful with just 3.3 reported cases of violence for every 1,000 people, but even that is a far cry from the idyllic confines of Christiansø. That small island east of Bornholm has just 90 residents and has seen no cases of registered violence since 2007.
The eastern Jutland town of Esbjerg topped the violent rankings the past two years, but police there said that their efforts to promote the peace have paid off.
“For several years we have worked to stop violence in the city’s nightlife. We have been more present and have had a more targeted approach,” police spokesman Christian Østergård told Metroxpress.
Nationwide, the average rate of reported violence is 2.1 episodes for 1,000 residents. According to Statistics Denmark, the actual number of violent episodes is estimated to be twice as large as the number of reported incidences.