• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3
The Local List
Five stats that prove just how much Sweden is changing
A group of friends in Gothenburg. Photo: Faramarz Gosheh/Image Bank Sweden

Five stats that prove just how much Sweden is changing

The Local · 22 Feb 2016, 12:41

Published: 22 Feb 2016 12:09 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Feb 2016 12:41 GMT+01:00

1. There are more men than women in Sweden 
 
Women long outstripped men in Sweden but that all changed for the first time in history last spring. Statistics Sweden's annual report shows that the total population in Sweden at the end of 2015 was 9,851,017. This includes 58,726 more men than in 2014 and 44,936 more women.
 
More boys than girls are born every year in Sweden, but they are usually outlived by women, giving the nation’s female population the edge in terms of numbers. But the report's authors say that things have shifted due to rising immigration, with more men than women travelling to Sweden to seek asylum and find work.
 

A group of male friends in Stockholm. Photo: Simon Paulin/Image Bank Sweden
 
2. Fewer Swedes are getting married
 
Swedes have a global reputation as being sexually liberal and by law partners who co-habit (known as 'sambo') have similar rights to married ones. That didn't stop 52,314 couples walking down the aisle in 2015. However, it was still 799 fewer than in 2014.
 
Nevertheless plenty of Swedes proved that they are traditionalists at heart; the most popular day of the year to get hitched was June 13th, the same date as Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist. Others promoted the stereotype of Swedish efficiency, with 440 opting for 'drop-in' ceremonies at Skansen, Sweden's largest open-air museum.
 

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist getting married in June last year. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT
 
3. But more Swedes are going the distance
 
Sweden still has one of the highest divorce rates in the world, with almost 50 percent of marriages failing. But while the number of formal separations peaked at 26,143 in 2014, it dipped to 24,876 last year. 
 
Statistics Sweden's report does not speculate on why fewer people chose to cut loose. But perhaps the acute housing crisis or the dismal, wet summer forced couples to spend more time together at home?
 

A couple taking a selfie in Sweden. Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/Image bank Sweden
 
 
4. The fastest-growing place is a small town called Knivsta  
 
It's not just large cities such as Stockholm and Gothenburg that are expanding rapidly. In 2015, the population increased in 239 out of Sweden's 290 municipalities. A small town called Knivsta, near Uppsala, experienced the biggest percentage hike in the country, with its population expanding by 4.7 percent, with Sundbyberg, in Stockholm County, coming just behind with a rise of 4.6 percent.
 
Both places are popular with commuters squeezed out of the property market in central Stockholm. However Statistics Sweden's report suggested that the main reason for population growth across the country was due to immigration. The only place which didn't experience an uptick in foreign residents was Vaxholm, in the Stockholm archipelago.
 
Story continues below…
The town of Knivsta, between Stockholm and Uppsala. Photo: Wikicommons/Brorsson
 
5. Record numbers of people are leaving Sweden
 
While international headlines have focused on the record 163,000 people who sought asylum in Sweden in 2015, the number of Swedes who left the country also reached a peak.
 
Statistics Sweden's report states that 55,830 Swedish residents moved away from the Nordic nation, more than at any other time in the last 160 years. However only 18,452 of those who left Sweden were born in the country, suggesting that this group also includes a large proportion of foreigners.
 
The most popular destinations for Swedes seeking new lives abroad include the US, the UK and Spain, according to separate figures released by the by the non-profit organization Svenskar i världen (Swedes Worldwide) last year.
 

Passengers at Stockholm's Arlanda airport. Photo: Bertil Ericsson/TT

For more news from Sweden, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Today's headlines
Cash alert! Last chance to deposit your old notes
Head to the bank if you've got any of these. Photo: Micke Larsson/TT

Bank it!

The Local List
Six tips for learning Swedish without even being in Sweden
A Swedish Midsummer party in New York. Photo: Johan Brunkvist/TT

The Local's intern, Jack Schofield, taught himself Swedish from his home in the UK. Here's how he did it.

Ikea threatens to shelve Russia growth plans
Everything Moscow. Photo: Maxim Murmur/AP

Will the Swedish furniture goliath retract its rubles?

Swedish police brace for 'unpredictable' pope
Sweden's Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine meeting Pope Francis in the Vatican last year. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Nobody knows quite what to expect when Pope Francis visits secular Sweden this autumn.

Could this Swedish finding help cure alcoholism?
What causes alcohol dependency? Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Scientists hope their findings will end the stigmatization of alcoholism.

Man jailed for six years for asylum home arson
The district court in Västmanland. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A court in western Sweden has sentenced a 28-year-old asylum seeker to six years in jail for starting a fire at the asylum centre where he lived.

Volvo on hunt for 400 new engineers in Sweden
Want to help build one of these? Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Want to work in Sweden?

Swedish hearts fail on Mondays and at Christmas
Tell me why I don't like Mondays. Photo: Marcus Lindblad/SvD/TT

July is Sweden's most heart-warming month.

Woman told she's not Swedish enough for a job
A sun bather wears a Swedish flag hat to celebrate National Day. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden's discrimination watchdog is on the case.

Really hungry elk wreak havoc in Swedish forests
Om-nom-nom. Photo: AP Photo/Becky Bohrer

"It's an emergency situation."

Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
National
How good is Sweden for expat life?
Sponsored Article
Why you should learn to trade (and just how easy it is)
Gallery
Property of the week: Landskrona, Skåne
Gallery
People-watching: August 26th-28th
Blog updates

23 August

A Summer in Sweden (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"For our first year here in Sweden we decided to have all our holidays in Sweden.…" READ »

 

22 July

After the horror, carry on regardless (Globally Local) »

"This time last week, we were just digesting the horror of the Nice killings, in which…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Travel
What are Sherpas doing on Sweden's highest mountain?
Sponsored Article
Malmö to host global skateboard championship
Gallery
People-watching: August 24th
The Local Voices
'I want to be a businesswoman but I don’t care about money'
National
Experts: Gothenburg grenade blast is 'part of a cycle of violence'
Sponsored Article
6 simple travel hacks that will make your life easier
Gallery
Property of the week: Karlsborg
Sponsored Article
Five easy ways to travel more often
National
Why Sweden could change its criticised detention laws
National
Watch this dog's reaction when she tries Swedish fermented herring
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Gallery
People-watching: August 19th-21st
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
National
How to find student housing in Sweden
National
VIDEO: Swede films first Northern Lights of the season
Sponsored Article
The mystique of Asia - in the middle of Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching: August 17th
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Society
Swedish population nears ten million
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
The Local Voices
This Syrian artist found love in a Swedish library
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Sex pigs halt traffic after laser attack on Pokémon teens. Only in Sweden.
Sponsored Article
6 simple travel hacks that will make your life easier
Gallery
Property of the week: Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm
Society
Drunk knight detained in Stockholm
National
Can you solve this Swede's strange Star Wars mystery?
Gallery
People-watching: August 12th-14th
National
Swedes cheer first snow of the season
Gallery
People-watching: August 10th
The Local Voices
Gabriel mastered Swedish and got accepted onto a medicine degree in just 7 months
3,373
jobs available