Silhuette of a lady standing on a bridge.
One in six of the surveyed teenagers say they face restrictions due to not confirming to cultural norms of their families. Credit: CLAUDIO BRESCIANI / TT

Unique new survey on 'honour culture'

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A new survey gives a unique insight into how so-called "honour culture" affects the lives of young people in Sweden.

Researchers from Örebro university have surveyed 6,000 teenagers in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg, and one in six of them say they face restrictions and even threats due to not confirming to cultural norms their family thinks are important.

This can include how they relate to gender and heterosexual norms. the study indicates that young people and especially boys are more at risk than previously thought.

Jeanette Ståhl at Gothenburg council's executive headquarters says it is of course serious that children and young people are growing up under threat of honour-related violence and oppression, and that it is very serious that adults are carrying this out.

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