Mental health problems worse in cities

Swedish city-dwellers have more psychological problems than people living in other parts of the country.

The results of a survey carried out by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health also show men and women in northern Sweden reporting an improvement in their mental wellbeing.

Stress, uneasiness, worry and anxiety are all more common in towns than in the countryside. And the symptoms are more widespread among women than men.

In Gothenburg and Malmö, for example, 8 percent of women surveyed said that they had serious difficulties with uneasiness, worry and anxiety. This could be compared with 5 percent of women in sparsely populated areas reporting the same problems.

Women in the four northernmost counties, as well as Jönköping in central Sweden, also generally sleep much better than their counterparts in city regions.

“The public health survey does not provide any answers as to the causes of these differences. That is something that needs to be analysed separately,” said Gunnel Boström, spokeswoman for the Swedish National Institute of Public Health in a statement.

As for men, those living in the major cities were less inclined than their peers in the rest of the country to contemplate suicide.

Men in Gothenburg and Malmö however were more prone to stress and fatigue than men elsewhere.