A map of gun ownership in Europe

This interactive map shows the firearms possession rate per 100 inhabitants. Although they are far from reaching rates found in the US, Europeans are by no means unarmed.

Published on 16 June 2016 at 19:24

Every time a mass shooting takes place somewhere in the world, and especially in the United States, like the recent attack in Orlando, Florida, the media – rightly – points the finger on the weapon’s availability in the US.

If the gun possession in the United States is the highest in the world, with 88.8 weapons for every 100 inhabitants (the second being Yemen, with 54.8), Europeans tend to believe they are very far from those figures. Which is not completely true, as this map, based on data collected by The Guardian in 2012, shows: There are 45.7 weapons for every 100 inhabitants in neutral Switzerland, which leads the ranking. At the bottom lie Lithuania and Romania, with 0.7 weapons every 100 inhabitants.


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