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Habo 'best place to live in Sweden'

TT/The Local · 28 May 2010, 08:32

Published: 28 May 2010 08:32 GMT+02:00

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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.

2007 winner Lund remains near the top alongside fellow Skåne towns Lomma, Vellinge and Kävlinge, while the 2009 winner Danderyd had to make do with 14th this year.

Habo, with a population of 10,000, scored consistently highly in all the categories, coming out top in the category "to be old" and second place in the family-friendly category.

At the other end of the scale was Haparanda in the far north of Sweden, which returned lowly scores in all four categories. But the municipality appeared to take the snub in its stride when the news broke on Thursday.

"Haparanda is a great place to live in, even if the Fokus survey has found otherwise," Sven-Eric Bucht told the Svenska Daglbadet daily.

Last year's bottom ranked municipality Munskjö rebounded 20 places in the 2010 survey to 270.

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The survey considers a total of 42 variables, from the number of sports associations, to pupil-teacher ratios, to levels of taxation.

In the category "good for young people" Leksand in Dalarna in central Sweden comes out top, while Ydre is the best municipality for families, and Lomma claimed top spot under the "jobs" category.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:26 May 28, 2010 by MyPerspective
I live in Habo. If it is the "best place to live in Sweden", I'm disappointed.
10:17 May 29, 2010 by summer
why did you say so? can i read your reasons myperspective
10:24 May 29, 2010 by jaysea32
Where is Linkoping on the list? My dad came from there, and I have relatives there.
21:03 May 29, 2010 by Onepack
If you would like to see the entire list go to this web site:

22:10 May 30, 2010 by MyPerspective
@ summer

Habo is a cute little town of 10,000 residents. It's a "duck pond" today, with only one major street in the town center, a small library, a pizza shop, bakery, clothing store, toy store and a Systembolaget.

Habo has a lot of potential but hasn't reached a development stage that offers a well-rounded living scene. The persons working in the community's planning offices seem to be lacking experience and are focusing on bringing in more residents (tax payers) at a hurried pace. They're pushing for large housing developments but are so far neglecting investments in entertainment, art and culture venues, parks and recreation - important elements for a well-rounded living experience. Furthermore, I'm concerned that the community does not plan to preserve the nearby farming landscapes which make the place so lovely. Current future plans call for much of such land to be sacrificed for housing developments or industry. So far, their plans are lacking a much needed balance for a promising healthy growing community. I hope that'll change but it's difficult to predict.
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