One argument I often hear of criticizing Sweden's form of government is that Sweden is the "rape capital of the world," as Sweden's rape statistics are exorbitant compared to every other developed country, being ranked 6th globally – 63.5 per 100,000 in 2010, compared to, for example, the United States at 27.3. By these figures, Sweden should have well over twice the rapes per capita as the U.S. But it is fallacious to use these statistics in objectively determining which countries have the most rapes. For one, the way Sweden counts crime statistics for rape and sexual violence heavily inflates the official rate as each case of sexual violence is counted as a separate incident, as opposed to other countries who may report multiple instances of sexual violence between the same people as only one incident. Second, the definition was significantly broadened in Sweden in 2005, 2013, and 2018 so that many crimes which might in other countries count as assault or bodily harm count instead as rape, such as sexual acts against someone incapable of giving consent from being in a vulnerable situation, or sex without consent regardless of coersion, violence, or threats. This of course further inflates the rate. Finally, it doesn't account for differences in reporting by victims, as well as in detection by law enforcement, as said by Enrico Bisogno, chief of data development and dissemination at the UNODC. Chances are, Swedes are more likely to report sexual violence due to having a culture of being more accepting of reporting these crimes; high government transparency, being 3rd in this according to the Corruption Perceptions Index; and gender equality, among the highest in the world according to the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum. As put by Eck and Fariss of the Washington Post, "Women pay lower social costs for going public with a rape allegation — and are very unlikely to be shamed, retaliated against, or put on a parallel trial, as often happens in the U.S." In brief, Sweden's high rape rate is likely due to differences in legal definitions and reportings as well as a more open and accepting environment for victims of sexual violence.