Is Malmo Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Malmo, Sweden
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 62 / 100 based on 12 user reviews.

Malmo is Sweden’s third-largest city and the capital of the province of Scania on the southern tip of the country.

Malmo is a port city on the Oresund strait; this city is connected to Copenhagen by the Oresund bridge.

Together, the two cities form duopolies and a core of a broader Oresund region spanning parts of Denmark and Sweden.

The historic central parts of Malmo is called Gamla Staden (Old Town); this is an exciting area for tourists.

Here you can also see: Davidshallstorg – an area with designer shops; Gamla Wester is a quiet and sophisticated part of the city with many galleries and restaurants; Stortorget is the central square of Malmo and many others.

Warnings & Dangers in Malmo

Overall Risk


Malmo is not without crime, but the city is safer than other European cities of this size. Avoid areas remote from the city center and do not walk around the city at night. If you use common sense, then you will not get into trouble.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and public transportation are relatively safe. Buses run on a schedule, so traveling around the city is very comfortable. However, during rush hours, when there are a lot of people in transport, pickpockets need to be wary. Use a taxi when you get home late at night.

Pickpockets Risk


Purse snatchers and pickpockets often operate in tourist areas and public transport. It is also worth being careful at public transportation. Always watch your pockets and do not carry jewelry, lots of cash, and original documents.

Natural Disasters Risk


The Malmo region is prone to flooding, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, storms, and volcanic eruptions. But those risks are not too often happens. It's better to learn about the current weather situation before you come here.

Mugging Risk


Malmo safe enough city and severe mugging and kidnapping risks are rare here. Although some areas are best to be avoided at night, especially suburbs, lock your car and bicycle and do not care a lot of valuable things with you. Take a taxi if you return to the hotel late at night.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorist attacks in Malmo can occur because there have been cases of terrorist attacks in Sweden. Although this risk is quite rare, it cannot be ruled out. Do not participate in mass gatherings and political demonstrations. Avoid large crowds in the streets and indoors.

Scams Risk


Most fraud occurs by phone, SMS, and email. Usually, tourists do not come under this risk. But you should be aware that if third parties ask you to transfer information about your cards or personal passport data - these are scammers and you should not do this.

Women Travelers Risk


Malmo is generally safe for women traveling solo, except suburbs of the city after dark. Just follow the rules of common sense, such as avoiding deserted and poorly lit streets and areas, and your trip should go smooth.

So... How Safe Is Malmo Really?

Malmo crime rate is medium.

Most crimes are related to robberies, car thefts, attacks, and vandalism.

The area of ​​Rosengård is best avoided, especially in the dark.

In general, Malmo is quite safer than other European cities of the same size.

There are some problems with drug gangs and ethnic harassment.

If you use common sense and monitor your surroundings, you are unlikely to get into trouble.

As in other Swedish cities, bar brawls, bicycle thefts, and pickpocketing are among the significant risk factors for visitors.

If traveling on foot or by car, keep an eye out for bicycles, which expect others to yield.

A big chunk of violent crime takes part in different criminal groups.

The suburbs of Malmo are best avoided because they have the most crimes.

Do not carry a lot of cash and expensive jewelry in order not to attract the attention of criminals to yourself.

Do not walk around the city late at night and alone.

Use common sense and always keep an eye on your things.

Usually, tourists are not a target for criminals, and you can easily travel around Malmo without any problems.

The police work quite quickly and efficiently.

Therefore, if you have any trouble, immediately contact the police.

How Does Malmo Compare?

CitySafety Index
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71

Useful Information



Most countries do not need a visa to enter Sweden for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that, you might need to acquire a visa. Check your status on A valid passport is a must.



Swedish Krona is the official currency in Sweden. It has a sign: KR; code: SEK. One krona is subdivided into 100 öre. Krona literally means "crown" in Swedish. However, all öre coins have been discontinued as of 30 September 2010. You can still see prices with öre, but all sums are rounded to the nearest krona when paying with cash.



The best times to visit Malmo for ideal weather are mid-May to October. Average temperatures in Malmo vary greatly, and the weather feels cold for about half of the year and otherwise excellent with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year.



Malmo Airport is Sweden's fourth busiest airport. The airport is located in the Svedala Municipality, approximately 28 kilometers east of Malmo. Malmo Airport features one passenger and two cargo terminals, as well as 20 aircraft stands.

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Malmo Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Feb -1° C
Mar 3° C
Apr 6° C
May 12° C
Jun 16° C
Jul 18° C
Aug 17° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 10° C
Nov 5° C
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12 Reviews on Malmo

  1. A
    Angeline says:

    Worst place in sweden

    Malmö and the other bigger cities in Sweden are no longer safe. Rapes, murders, explosions happen daily now. Big gangs do what they want and basically rule the cities. The government is corrupt and the law and order is not working.

    1. S
      Stein G. says:

      Spot on, Angeline. To define Malmø as a safe city for women is absurd – and dangerous, in case women actually believes this site. Safety index 82 in Malmø and 78 in Oslo? Really?

  2. V
    Volcanoes in Malmö? says:

    I just had to write about this… there are no volcanoes in Malmö! There are no volcanoes in any of the Nordic countries except for Iceland.

    1. N
      No avalanches says:

      And there are no avalanches there, since the landscape is very flat

  3. Crime capital of Sweden


    Who wrote this crap?
    Do NOT go to Malmo if you are a woman traveling solo. Rape and gang rape are more common in Malmo than any other large city in Sweden.

    1. A
      Archibalda says:


      What kind if people did Sweden invite unto the country? They beg to come to Sweden, and then cant behave or raise their children to be respectful of others. Deport all criminals especially ones who hurt and steal from others.
      Things were nice here too untill all the gang people came.

    2. Safe place to travel except for scared right wing swedes

      Yeah no. I live there and Swedes and Danes from smaller cities read alt-right media and then freak out. Simmer down. Its safe.


    “WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW” is just not true. Rapes have been increasing a lot in Sweden. If you’re a woman I advice you to not come alone. //Swede

  5. Not safe at all

    “Women traveller risk LOW”
    Who wrote this? Malmö is the most unsafe city in Sweden. Rape, murder, vandalism is an everyday occurence in Malmö since the immigrants came in 2015. Rosengård in Malmö is a place to be avoided at all costs, even for men. This is outright dangerous for tourists to read as it’s far from the truth. And this comes from a Swede who has lived here my whole life.

  6. Great city, don't listen to liars

    Ive lived for 30 years in many places in Sweden, I just want to say that the people claiming rape gangs and murders happen all the time are not only liars but propagators of far right pundit propaganda. Ive lived in Malmö and the region of Skåne for fifteen years and never been victim of a crime, I have many foreign people visiting and they’ve been fine too. Don’t believe lies, Malmö and Helsingborg are incredibly fun and beautiful cities to visit.

    1. J
      Jennifer says:

      I agree. I’ve lived here for 4 years and have never experienced anything like that. Malmö feels like the safest place on the planet to me.

  7. M
    Margaret says:

    Malmo 2017

    I visited Sweden and Denmark in 2017 staying in Malmo with my friend. We are 75+ English lady pensioners. We never saw any violence or bad behaviour in the lovely city of Malmo, which we walked around quite extensively. Neither did we encounter any problems whilst travelling back and forth on the train to Copenhagen during our stay. We actually got a train ourselves and went to Lund for one day. Most enjoyable.

Malmo Rated 3.08 / 5 based on 12 user reviews.

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