Amsterdam is one of Europe's murder capitals, says Eurostat
Thursday 05 April 2012
Amsterdam is in fourth place in the 2007-2009 murder rate league table put together by European statistics agency Eurostat, news agency ANP reported on Thursday.
During those three years, there were 3.65 murders per 100,000 people living in the Dutch capital, Eurostat said.
Only Vilnius in Lithuania (7.9), Tallin in Estonia (6) and Luxemburg (4.24) had higher rates than Amsterdam, the news agency quoted Eurostat as saying. Brussels was fifth with a murder rate of 3.09.
According to police figures, there were 19 murders in Amsterdam in 2008 and 31 in 2009 - five of which were related to Albanian gang violence.
However, in 2010 and 2011 there were just 16 murders in the capital, making it likely Amsterdam has gone back down the league table.