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Christofer Edling

Christofer Edling


Christofer Edling

Women in violent extremism in Sweden


  • Hernan Mondani
  • Amir Rostami
  • Tina Askanius
  • Jerzy Sarnecki
  • Christofer Edling

Summary, in English

The report analyses women in violent extremism based on contemporary data for Sweden. Statistics are presented across various demographic and criminal indicators for violent far-left, far-right and Islamic extremistm, compared to same-sex siblings, to men in the same violent extremist milieus and to women in other antagonistic milieus. There are both similarities and differences between groups. Women in violent Islamic extremism have the weakest labor market attachment and the highest social welfare uptake. Women in violent far-right extremism have the lowest levels of education. The comparison between women in violent extremism and their biological sisters suggests a link between crime, social problems and extremism. When controlling for family background, women associated with violent extremism seem to have more extensive problems than their sisters without such (known) connections.


  • Sociology
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Centre for Economic Demography

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Document type



Nordic Council of Ministers


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)




  • ISBN: 978-92-893-6992-3
  • ISBN: 978-92-893-6991-6
  • ISBN: 978-92-893-7042-4