Rinkeby (Swedish pronunciation: [²r:kby:]) is a district in the Rinkeby-Kista borough, Stockholm, Sweden. Rinkeby had 19,349 inhabitants in 2016. The neighbourhood was part of the Million Programme.
The Stockholm metro station Rinkeby was also opened in 1975.
Rinkeby is noted for its high concentration of immigrants and people with immigrant ancestry. 89.1% of the suburb's population had a first- or second-generation immigrant background as of 2007. In 2002, there was a murder at the Metro station, receiving much publicity in local press.
In 2010, the official figures stated 15,000 people lived in the area, but officials admitted 17,000 were more likely though uncertainties meant the figure could be higher still. Of those, 90% had a migration background and 40% were from Africa.
In its December 2015 report, Police in Sweden placed the district in the most severe category of urban areas with high crime rates.
Rinkeby is inhabited by a diverse array of immigrants. As of 2011, most were from Iraq (3,155), Iran (2,909), Somalia (2,878), Turkey (1,819), Finland (1,090), Eritrea (1,026), Ethiopia (914), Greece (768), Poland (757), Chile (711), Syria (631), China (589), Bosnia-Herzegovina (468), Pakistan (456), India (414), Bangladesh (414), Morocco (344), Yugoslavia (328), and Lebanon (289).
According to the Swedish Defence University, since the 1970s, a number of residents of Rinkeby and other local areas have been implicated in providing logistical and financial support to or joining various foreign-based transnational militant groups. Among these organizations are Hezbollah, Hamas, the PKK, the GIA, the Abu Nidal Organization, the Japanese Red Army, the Red Army Faction, Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, Al-Shabaab, Ansar al-Sunna and Ansar al-Islam.
In 2016, an Australian news team from 60 Minutes along with Jan Sjunnesson, an editor of the Swedish right-wing publication Avpixlat (who has since changed their name to Samhällsnytt), had their camera man hit by a car when the team arrived at Rinkeby. After making journalistic contact with inhabitants, "the team gets surrounded by young, ill-tempered men. The police is present but disappear for unclear reasons immediately prior to the attack" that followed, which included hits and kicks. In May of the same year, an interview team of the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK along with Swedish police and economist Tino Sanandaji were attacked.
Riots also broke out among immigrant youth in Rinkeby in 2010, 2013 and 2017. In 2017, fires were started by rioters, and at least seven cars were burned. Rioters threw rocks at police, who responded with warning shots, and later with "shots for effect" intended to hit their target.
In 2017, the construction of a new more robust police station in the area was delayed due to construction companies being unwilling to tender for the contract over security concerns over attacks on equipment or threats towards employees. Due to the threat level and that people in the area were resisting the building of a police station, the construction site received security guards. In August 2018 the construction site for the new police station was attacked by unidentified assailants. They used a car to force the gate and threw rocks and bangers at security guards. The vehicle used to forced the gate was set afire by the assailants.