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'Stockholm to outpace London growth by 2030'

'Stockholm to outpace London growth by 2030'

Published: 23 Apr 2013 07:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Apr 2013 07:42 GMT+02:00

Stockholm's population is among the fastest growing among European cities, with a new report by the city's chamber of commerce suggesting that by 2030, the Swedish capital will overtake London as the fastest growing city in western Europe.

The report states that by 2030, Stockholm will be home to half a million more inhabitants than it is today. Currently, around 30,000 people are moving into Stockholm each year.

"It's an incredibly strong development, even historically," Maria Rankka, the CEO of Stockholm’s Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammaren), told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD).

"More and more economic activity in our economy is being focused on the big cities, and in Sweden this development is extra strong."

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In the lead-up to 2030, the Chamber of Commerce predicted that Stockholm's population would grow at a rate six times faster than Paris, and twice as fast as Copenhagen and Zurich.

When asked how she predicted life in Stockholm to be by the year 2030, Rankka was positive about the effects of the population hike.

"If you just take a look at the past five years, Stockholm has become more international, more dynamic, and more exciting. If you look ahead to 2030, we'll have a proper big city, but life will still function effectively," she told SvD.

Stockholm's population has not been steadily on the climb, with the sixties seeing a drop in residents in the Swedish capital.

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