2010 Rinkeby riots

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2010 Rinkeby riots
DateJune 2010 (2010-06)
59°23′17″N 17°55′43″E / 59.38806°N 17.92861°E / 59.38806; 17.92861
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On June 8 and June 9, 2010, youth riots broke out in Rinkeby,[2] a suburb dominated by immigrant residents, in northern Stockholm, Sweden. Up to 100 youths threw bricks, set fires and attacked the local police station in Rinkeby.[1][3][4]

It was among the earliest urban riots by immigrant youth in Sweden.


The riot broke out late on the evening of 8 June when a group of young adults were refused admittance to a junior high school dance; angered, they responded by throwing rocks through the windows of the school. From there, the rioting spread.[5] Rioting continued for two nights.[6] Police estimate that about 100 young men participated in the rioting, throwing bricks, setting fires and attacking the police station.[7]

Rioters threw rocks at police, attacked a police station and burned down a school, throwing rocks at responding fire engines and preventing fire fighters from reaching the school in time to save the building.[8][9][5][10]


Social activist George Lakey describes the 2010 Rinkeby riots as among the earliest riots by migrant youth in Sweden.[11]

Irish political commentator David Quinn blames "the mainstream political parties, aided for the most part by the mainstream media," for abetting the rise of right wing political movement by "refus(ing) to permit an open and honest debate about" the causes of this and other riots by immigrant youth, and also by ignoring the "anti-Semitism, sex abuse, voter fraud," in immigrant communities.[12]

Sociologist Peggy Levitt attributes the riots to anger over "long-term youth unemployment and poverty."[3]


Rinkeby is noted for its high concentration of immigrants and people with immigrant ancestry. 89.1% of the population of Rinkeby had a first- or second-generation immigrant background as of 31 December 2007.[13]

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  1. ^ a b "Sweden riots revive immigration debate". The Australian. 23 May 2013. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  2. ^ Anders Forsström (9 June 2010). "Nya upplopp i Rinkeby" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Peggy Levitt (2015). Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0520961456. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  4. ^ Pestano, Andrew (21 February 2017). "Riot breaks out in Stockholm neighborhood". UPI. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Riots rock Stockholm suburb". Sydney Morning Herald. AFP. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Cars, schools torched in fifth night of Stockholm riots". Cihan News Agency Turkey. 24 May 2013. ProQuest 1355213167.
  7. ^ "Stockholm police call in reinforcements as cars torched". Daily News Egypt. 24 May 2013. ProQuest 1355214472.
  8. ^ "Migrant youths riot in Sweden, burning down school". BBC. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  9. ^ Bearak, Max (21 February 2017). "Riots erupt in Sweden's capital after arrest, just days after Trump comments". Chicago Tribune. Washington Post.
  10. ^ "Police fire on Stockholm suburb rioters [Scot Region] Foreign Staff". The Times, London. 22 February 2017. ProQuest 1870627120.
  11. ^ Lakey, George (2016). Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too. Melville House. ISBN 978-1612195377. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  12. ^ Quinn, David (24 February 2017). "Ignoring crimes by immigrants just plays into the hands of the far right". Irish Independent. ProQuest 1871407349.
  13. ^ "Områdesfakta Rinkeby stadsdel". Stockholms stads utrednings- och statistikkontor AB. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2013.