Hate crimes are on the rise in Sweden. More incidents than ever before were reported last year, according to fresh figures from a Swedish crime statistics agency.

According to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå), a government body which produces crime data, a total of 6,270 hate crimes were reported to Swedish police in 2014 – up by 14 percent from the previous year.

"It's the biggest increase so far, ever since we started keeping statistics on hate crimes," Sara Westerberg, a researcher for the agency, told the TT newswire on Wednesday.

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