Some you may have never heard of and others you might dream of visiting – or you may have already seen them up close. But all of these cities have one thing in common: They’re the most dangerous on the European continent, at least according to a report by Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention to the United Nations.
That report, which saw the light of day in 2019, brought three cities from the same country into the top three on the list and completed the top ten with two surprise cities. That’s the whole thing:
However, Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is the 10th most dangerous city in Europe, with a high murder rate 2.2 people per 100,000.
From famous brothels to shops where you can find just about any type of psychedelic mushroom you’ve ever heard of, it’s not just the tourists you can get your hands on. They’re not the only people scurrying around Amsterdam for a “night of sin.” There are many people who aspire to sin in the literal sense of the word.
According to Dutch Review, Amsterdam was ranked as the “most criminally active municipality” in the country for 2018.
The murder rate in Budapest in 2017 was the same as that of Amsterdam: 2.2 people per 100,000. That year alone, the Hungarian Public Prosecutor’s Office reported 99 murders.
Budapest, the capital of Hungary with a population of around 1.75 million, is known for its beauty and is often referred to as the “Paris of the East.” However, it also has its dark side. In 2017 alone, approximately 62,870 crimes were reported by the police.
This Finnish city, although much smaller than the previous two (population around 236,000) has a similar homicide rate: 2.2 inhabitants per 100,000.
According to Teleport.com, for every 100 people, 27 own handguns. And every 42 days someone dies because of it.
Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city, has a murder rate of 2.4 per 100,000 inhabitants, with a population of about 300,000. A study published in the Irish Times found that The crime rate in Ireland is only 60% of that of Northern Ireland as a whole.
The study also found that crime in Northern Ireland had increased tenfold compared to 1945.
It may be the third largest city in Slovenia, but that should not give us high expectations regarding its residents. Chile has a population of only 38,000 people living within city limits.
However, at the same time, crime is very high. For 2017 alone, the murder rate totaled 2.6 per 100,000 residents.
On the other hand, a representative of the city’s police department said, “There was no reported case of homicide or homicide in our city in 2017. During this period, the police dealt with only one criminal offense of attempted manslaughter which, statistically, is not considered a crime committed.” / Completed. Celje is a safe city, following all safety standards.”
debrecen, The second largest city in Hungary After Budapest, it had a homicide rate of 3.0 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017. It is a city that is a cultural center for the Hungarian people, with a population of about 202,000.
Marseille, one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, has for decades been turned into a center for the global drug trade. The so-called “French Connection,” which was made into a movie in the 1970s, was a route that heroin was smuggled from Turkey into France through this city and then on to the United States and Canada.
Although Marseille is a major tourist destination today, Marseille had a murder rate in 2017 of 3.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, for a population of about 860,000.
Three consecutive Lithuanian cities occupy the top three with the highest murder rates in Europe. The city of Klaipeda, with a population of 172,272, had a homicide rate of 3.9 per 100,000 residents in 2017. In the same year, the crime rate in Lithuania increased after laws against drunk driving were toughened.
Vilnius is the capital and largest city of Lithuania. Most crimes are reported in the “Old Town” of Vilnius, due to the large influx of tourists there, who are also the most common target for pickpockets and other thieves.
At the same time, the city’s homicide rate in 2017 was 3.9 per 100,000 residents. In the same year, its population was estimated at 700,000.
And we arrived in the most “bloody” city in Europe, the place where crime ran red. And this is none other than Kaunas, the city we mostly know with its basketball pride, the Zalgiris.
However, something that might be second nature to us ‘outsiders’ is that Kaunas (the second largest city in the country, population about 383,764) has by far the highest murder rate: 5.4 per 100,000 inhabitants as of 2017 .
However, as far as the American city on top of crime, that is Saint Louis, Kaunas lags behind. In this big city on the other side of the Atlantic, The average homicide rate is approximately 61 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.
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