Murder statistics show Slovenia one of the safest countries in the world

STA, January 10, 2022 – A total of 32 murders or attempted murders were recorded in Slovenia last year, one of the lowest numbers in recent years. Statistics and surveys show that Slovenia remains one of the safest countries in Europe and the world in terms of murder.

Damjan Miklič from the Murders and Sexual Offenses Department of the General Police Administration told STA that this was also shown by a 2019 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime global investigation.

American and African countries topped this list in terms of the number of murders, followed by Asian countries, while Europe accounted for less than 5%.

“On this list, Slovenia ranks 8th in the world in terms of the number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants, which places us among the safest countries in Europe,” Miklič said, noting that the number of murders in Slovenia was in constant decline.

In the 1990s, criminal investigators processed up to 100 murders and attempted murders per year. After 2000, the number fell to 60 to 80 cases, and since 2007 it has been around 40 cases per year.

There were some deviations from this average in 2015, 2018 and 2020, when there were 45 or more cases, while in 2016 there were only 26.

Although the general belief is that the vast majority of the bloodiest crimes occur within the family, Miklič notes that these cases represent 30-35% of all cases. 2018 and 2021 stood out, when the share of these cases was 40%.

About a fifth of those cases occur between spouses, ex-spouses or cohabiting partners, he said, adding that at least 40% of murders were committed out of revenge or hate.

Around 15% of murders in Slovenia are committed for personal gain, around 15% are committed without real cause, possibly due to mental illness, 10% due to jealousy and roughly the same proportion due to other criminal acts.

The vast majority of serious crimes against life and physical integrity have been successfully investigated, with just over one percent of these cases over the past three decades remaining unsolved.

Nine murders or manslaughter committed after 2000 remain unresolved, while there are 14 such cases that occurred earlier. The oldest unsolved case is a murder with a gun in the Ljubljana neighborhood of Kodeljevo in December 1991.