Denmark has the lowest car theft rate in Europe

Sweden’s incidence is 5,320 percent higher!

A rare occurrence in Denmark (photo: Pixabay)
April 7th, 2022 10:52 am| by Ben Hamilton

Denmark has a serious bike theft problem. In 2020, there were 40,642 bicycle thefts nationwide, of which 14,429 were in Copenhagen. 

And that’s just the reported ones. A City Hall survey last summer revealed that 20 percent of Copenhageners had a bicycle stolen within the previous year.

But when it comes to cars, according to a new report from, we can rest easy, as Denmark has the lowest theft rate in the whole of Europe.

Sweden the worst in the Nordics
Last year, there were just five thefts per 100,000 people, which equates to just one a day.

At the other end of the ranking is Italy, the continent’s worst country for car thefts.

It experiences 276 thefts per 100,000 people, which is 5,520 percent more than Denmark!

This equates to 455 reported thefts a day. Only France, with 474, has a higher number.

Sweden the worst in the Nordics
However, Danes should be wary when they head north, as Sweden is the third worst country.

Last year it had 266 thefts per 100,000 people – 5,320 percent higher than Denmark.

Sweden’s figure was 91 percent worse than Finland (139) and 138 percent worse than Norway (112).

The worst 16 countries can be seen in the graph below:

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