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Stockholm plays host to 186 nationalities

Stockholm plays host to 186 nationalities

Published: 27 Apr 2010 10:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Apr 2010 14:27 GMT+02:00

The county of Stockholm is now home to over 2 million people, among whom can be found people born in 186 countries, according to a new report from the County Administrative Board of Stockholm.

"We have looked at the statistics for place of birth. The United Nations lists 194 independent states; of those only 11 are not represented in Stockholm," Kjell Haglund at the board told The Local on Tuesday.

The board's report is based on figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB), which supplements the UN tally with people born in Kosovo, Bermuda and the Palestinian territories, each of which are represented in Stockholm, bringing the total nation count to 197.

"It is a little unclear how these places are classified, there are various issues to take into account, but we have included them here," Haglund explained.

On January 1st 2010 Stockholm county had a population of 2,019,182 passing the two million barrier for the first time, 21 percent (424,028) were born in another country.

"This could include the odd Swede who is born overseas, but that has probably not affected the breadth of the statistics," Haglund said.

Haglund told The Local that the selection of foreign-born people represented in Stockholm county has not changed dramatically since 2006, with only the addition of new states affecting the total number.

Of the 11 missing territories three are located in Europe - Andorra, Liechtenstein and the Vatican state - while the remainder are in Asia and among the Polynesian islands in Oceania.

The largest group of foreign-born are from Finland (57,577), Iraq (35,785), Poland (24,370) and Iran (22,444). The Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis and the Pacific island Nauru are each represented by a sole person, East Timor, Belize and the Solomon Islands by two.

The highest percentage changes have occurred among people from Mongolia, up 190 percent to 345 people, and Serbia and Montenegro, up 125 percent to 1,634 people.

The highest changes in population numbers have occurred within the Iraqi, Polish and Chinese populations, up 8,365, 6,831 and 2,282 respectively.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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11:44 April 27, 2010 by Freelife
Amazingly less Indians! I wonder why!
12:15 April 27, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
1 out of every 5 people I meet are an immigrant. But everyone seem to be so Swedish...
13:38 April 27, 2010 by peropaco
I think those stats are wrong. I am sure the Iraqui population is way larger than that.
13:59 April 27, 2010 by nlidukdese
This article confuses 'foreign born' with 'different nationality'. Which is it?

Also, St Kitts and Nevis is one single country, and Nauru is not in the Caribbean.
16:14 April 27, 2010 by DAVID T
No suprise in this article - just wonder how many illegal's there are
17:03 April 27, 2010 by Nemesis
The figures on Iraqi, Persian and Polish people are to low.
17:37 April 27, 2010 by cloud&rain
//Amazingly less Indians! I wonder why!//

I have seen lot of them working in IT companies here for a shorter term like not more than 2 years. Now every company here is hiring indian companies to send their employees to do high level technical jobs. And the Highly skilled labours are moving now.
19:19 April 27, 2010 by magudbe
Token multiculturism !!!!.
19:49 April 27, 2010 by sebwojo
why do indians think that they know much about computers?i believe its a miss conception stop laiying to your self.
19:53 April 27, 2010 by jimthat
but most of this people are workers that go changing where they can earn more or get more social benefits
20:23 April 27, 2010 by Freelife
@sebwojo

who is miss conception :D ? and what is laiying?

@cloud&rain

Thanks.
10:18 April 28, 2010 by marcoscerutti
Just to lay down my point....

I work in a big IT company, and for sure Indians do not know about computers better than americans, brits or anyone else. that's a fact.

The point is, we do have a lot of companies on the outsourcing wave, and guess what? they have HQs in India, where labor costs is a bit cheaper than in US.

And yes, there is indeed good IT dudes in India, but for sure, not more than in any other country playing the IT world...
11:19 April 28, 2010 by pcs
Maybe I should re classify myself from being a Brit to Lucian. Therefore, my parents' tiny beautiful Island can be represented too!

Lucian for those who know and Helen of the West for those who do not.

Creole cuisine take away anyone.
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