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Habo voted Sweden's 'best place to live'

Habo voted Sweden's 'best place to live'

Published: 31 May 2012 16:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 May 2012 16:16 GMT+02:00

Habo, a small municipality in southern Sweden, is the best place in Sweden to live, according to a new ranking published on Thursday by Swedish news magazine Fokus.

The magazine publishes an annual ranking of all 290 Swedish municipalities based on factors ranging from unemployment to teacher-pupil ratios, property prices number of people on benefits and tax rates.

Habo, with a population just shy of 7,000, scored consistently highly in all the categories, leading all municipalities in the “best to have a family” category.

It also scored highly in the “best to be young” and “best to be old” categories.

Habo, which also took the title in 2010, has one of the best divorce rates in the country too, which the mayor of the town, Thomas Werthén, claims can be put down to the overall tranquility of the area.

“It’s peaceful here and not so much happens, perhaps,” Werthén told Fokus magazine.

“It’s quite decent here.”

Second place in the Fokus rankings went to Knivsta, located about 50 kilometres north of Stockholm in eastern Sweden.

The university town of Lund in southern Sweden ranked third, followed by Gnosjö in Småland in south central Sweden, with the upscale Stockholm suburb of Danderyd rounding out the top five municipalities in Sweden.

Lomma in southern Sweden, which topped last year's ranking, slipped to seventh place this year, just behind the north Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna.

At the other end of the scale was Haparanda in the far north of Sweden, which returned lowly scores in all categories, putting it down in last place on the ranking.

Also among the ten "worst" places to live in Sweden were Södertälje, located 30 kilometres south of Stockholm and Sweden's third largest city of Malmö, which was ranked 284 out of 290 municipalities, having slipped nearly 100 places from last year's rankings

"Unfortunately I'm not surprised, but also incredibly dismayed," local Malmö Moderate politician Anja Sonesson said in a statement.

"Malmö must immediately start working hard to restore our reputation as a tolerant and welcoming city."

The rankings are based on a total of 42 variables, from the number of sports associations, to pupil-teacher ratios, to levels of taxation.

As for Sweden's other major cities, Stockholm came in at number 54, Uppsala at 29, while Gothenburg was ranked 207.

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17:02 May 31, 2012 by towns
These type of surveys should be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, I've never been to Habo, but I'm certainly not surprised at Malmö's score.

I'd be interested to know where Visby and/or Kalmar ranked on the list.
17:18 May 31, 2012 by lovaspappa
As has been said before, nobody outside of Stockholm really matters. Anybody who wants to live in a town of 7000 isn't someone who enjoys being around others. They can keep it.
17:23 May 31, 2012 by Vermaldeehide
Kalmar - #87

Visby - never heard of it

http://www.fokus.se/2012/05/har-ar-det-bast-att-bo-2012/
17:31 May 31, 2012 by skumdum
Visby=Gotland kommun - #224 of 290
17:35 May 31, 2012 by Dazzler
"Malmö must immediately start working hard to restore our reputation as a tolerant and welcoming city."

HAHAHA...I dare say that is what got you into trouble in the first place.
18:17 May 31, 2012 by towns
@ Vermaldeehide & skumdum

Thank you both!
19:18 May 31, 2012 by johan rebel
"I'm certainly not surprised at Malmö's score"

Who is?

Neither is it surprising that municipalities like Södertälje and Landskrona are way down on the list.
19:41 May 31, 2012 by towns
@ johan rebel

"Södertälje and Landskrona"

You mean Little Baghdad and Little Tirana?
20:58 May 31, 2012 by jack sprat
""It's peaceful here and not so much happens, perhaps," Werthén told Fokus magazine.""

Nuff said.

Swedes don't live, they simply endure a souless existance.
22:00 May 31, 2012 by RobinHood
Malmö, Södertälja, Landskrona! What is it that makes these places so unpleasant?
22:24 May 31, 2012 by rfmann
"The rankings are based on a total of 42 variables, from the number of sports associations, to pupil-teacher ratios, to levels of taxation."

Garbage in, garbage out. And in between an algorithm that isn't based on and good for anything, other than to construct a quantitative jutstification to a conclusion that offers occasion to a few low-grade bigots to vent their prejudice in this forum.

Oh, and we learned it's better to be young in Kiruna (74) than Gothenburg (134)!
06:06 June 1, 2012 by skatty
@RobinHood

Your answer is: The stubborn native-born inhabitants!
09:42 June 1, 2012 by EP
"It's peacful and not so much happens" ... so the social life is even worse than in other pars of Sweden, so how could this be the best place to live? Perhaps the best place to live so that no one bothers you, your neighbours see you as the invisible man and you die of boredom and loneliness. Sounds like a lot of places in sweden
10:23 June 1, 2012 by J Jack
Habo is smack in the middle of Sweden's bible belt. Lomma has a nice beach at least a few months of the year.
11:40 June 1, 2012 by Angusthefirst
@ RobinHood , reading your comments everyday, it is clear who you are with your views. I am just surprised that they give Breivik access to a computer in jail.
23:50 June 1, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#9 & #13: if all you want in life is action and excitement you should visit Ciudad Juárez some day, though the action might be a bit more than you bargained for.
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