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Stockholm home to one in four Swedish babies

Stockholm home to one in four Swedish babies

Published: 06 Nov 2012 10:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Nov 2012 10:11 GMT+01:00

The population of greater Stockholm is growing faster than any other area in Sweden, with one in four babies now being born in the capital, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Greater Stockholm’s population is on the rise, and no other county in the nation can match the capital city’s growth, both in terms of percentage growth and total population growth.

25 percent of the country’s births occur in Stockholm and 22 percent of Sweden’s population call Stockholm home.

And the growth is in no small part due to fertile women choosing to move to the city, according to Ulla Moberg, who was behind the greater Stockholm County’s report.

“It’s actually well-educated women who are moving here from across Sweden. They have a high fertility rate. Immigrant women equally so,” she told the Metro newspaper.

The report points to many of these women as products of Sweden's baby boom of the early nineties.

Now that they are having children of their own, Stockholm is proving a hot destination to raise a family.

Moberg also suggested Stockholm's fertility rate will likely rise by around two thirds by 2021.

“Fertility rates will gradually play a bigger role than migration. Childbearing us becoming more important for population growth,” she told the paper.

The prognosis estimates a growth in greater Stockholm of 345,272 people by 2021, or 17 percent of the current population. This would bring the county’s total population to over 2.4 million.

Of the Stockholm municipalities, central Stockholm is expected to grow the most with an influx of 146,327 people over the next 9 years.

The biggest mover in terms of percentage is Sundbyberg. however, with a predicted 55 percent increase.

Solna came in second with a predicted growth of 35 percent.

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