Rinkeby is noted for its high concentration of immigrants and people with immigrant ancestry (see definition of Swede). 89.1% of the population of Rinkeby had a first- or second-generation immigrant background as of 31 December 2007.
The district was a part of the Rinkeby borough until January 1, 2007, when it was merged with Kista borough to form the Rinkeby-Kista borough. The neighbourhood was part of the so-called Million Programme.
The Stockholm metro station Rinkeby was opened in 1975.
For two nights in a row in 2010, youth riots broke out in Rinkeby. Up to 100 youths threw bricks, set fires and attacked the local police station.
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- "Områdesfakta Rinkeby stadsdel". Stockholms stads utrednings- och statistikkontor AB. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
- "Sweden riots revive immigration debate". The Australian. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
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