Ulf Jonson is a head of department at the Prison and Probation Service. He says to Dagens Nyheter there are several reasons why fewer people are imprisoned. That courts often decide not to press charges, and that they hand out fines instead of custodial sentences.
And criminologist Henrik Tham adds that another reason is that there simply are fewer crimes committed in Sweden.
In 2012 there were 4,852 behind bars in Sweden, the lowest number since 2001.