Murders in large Dutch cities up in 2007
A report says the number of murders in Dutch cities with more than 25,000 residents rose to 164 people in 2007.21 October 2008
THE NETHERLANDS -- A report by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) says the number of murders in Dutch cities with more than 250,000 residents rose sharply in 2007, to more than three per 100,000.
The increase cancelled out the reduction in the number of murders in large Dutch cities in 2006. The number of violent deaths in Dutch cities with less than 250,000 residents continued to fall.
The CBS report says 164 people were murdered in the Netherlands in 2007, an increase of five over the year before. Half the victims were between 20 and 40 years old, and twice as many men were murdered as women. Half the female victims were killed by a partner or former partner.
Despite the rise in the number of murders, the Netherlands scores lower than other European Union countries.
Between 2002 and 2006, an average of 1.6 people per 100,000 residents was murdered in the EU. The rate in the Netherlands is 1.0 per 100,000 residents.
The murder rate in the former East Bloc countries is relatively high. In the Baltic states, the murder rate is six times the EU average’s rate.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]