Fewer young men become criminals today

Men born in 1965 were wilder during their youth than men born in 1985.

Criminality among young men has gone down over the past 50 years, according to a new study from Stockholm University.

The researchers have compared how big a proportion of people born in the years 1965, 1975 and 1985 have been sentenced for committing a crime while they were aged between 15 and 19 years old. It turns out that a young man born in the 1960s was more prone to committing a crime while he was young, compared to a man born in the 80s.

The daily Dagens Nyheter reports that 21,4 percent of the men born in 1965 committed a crime while they were young, while the proportion for men born in 1985 was 14,1 percent. It is in particular traffic offences that have gone down, while violent crime has increased somewhat.

Among women, there is a slight increase in the proportion of those convicted of a crime. From 4,3 percent of the women born in 1965 to 6,2 percent of the women born in 1985.