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Swedish population growth slows

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 20 Dec 2010, 12:06

Published: 20 Dec 2010 12:06 GMT+01:00

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The Swedish population will amount to 9,417,000 at the turn of 2011, an increase of 76,000 inhabitants, down from 2009's increase of 84,000, which represented the highest growth since 1946.

"The high population increase is because of the continued high number of births and because immigration, despite a decrease, is still at a high level," SCB explained in a statement.

Immigration will decline by 4,000 people in 2010 to 99,000, with the largest groups coming from returning Swedish citizens, Somalis, Iraqis and Poles.

Iraqi immigrants are the group that has decreased the most, with only half as many moving to Sweden in 2010 as in 2009. Immigration among Poles has also decreased by 15 percent, while immigration among Somali citizens remains at the same level as in 2009.

Immigrants arriving in Sweden were citizens of a total of 180 countries.

A total of 116,000 new births are estimated in Sweden in 2010 - 57,000 girls and 60,000 boys - an increase of 3 percent on 2009 and a continuation of the growth seen throughout the 2000s.

The number of deaths is estimated to remain at last year's level of 90,000 individuals.

Emigration has also increased, with the report estimating that 49,000 left the country during the year, up 24 percent on 2009. The increased is explained due to a Tax Agency (Skatteverket) follow-up on people with unknown residency status during the year.

Even discounting the Tax Agency purge, emigration increased 14 percent on 2009.

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Almost half of those emigrating were Swedish citizens, with Norway, the UK and US popular destinations. Foreign citizens typically returned to their home countries.

Of Sweden's total population, 15 percent was born abroad, with the largest groups coming from Finland (170,000) and Iraq (121,000). A further 411,000 people living in Sweden have two foreign-born parents.

Almost 19 percent of the Swedish population has a foreign background.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:46 December 20, 2010 by leiiel
How many of those 90,000 deaths are caused by Swedish doctors and the Socialstyrelsen? To anyone outside of Sweden thinking of moving here, I would strongly advise against it. If you do move here, however, you better get some type of international insurance. Otherwise, you risk your life. The stories of death and negligence don't make it to the English papers, but these tragedies do exist. Swedes leave their own people to die, and they'll do the same to you and steal all your money while they do it.
15:59 December 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
C'mon Swedes, do the Assange. Pitch those condoms aside and procreate.
17:17 December 20, 2010 by Tennin
Lol Swedesmith, haha. I guess condoms will be called the Anti-Assange.
20:58 December 20, 2010 by Recher
A total of 116,000 new births are estimated in Sweden in 2010 - 57,000 girls and 60,000 boys - ....

Obviously, the reason for the statistically significant discrepancy of births boys : girls can only mean one thing: Several thouand Swedes are deciding to abort simply becuase the gender is female.

leiiel---In Asutralia, 10% of all hospital entries get a complication from within the hospital (e.g. infection, wrong medication, etc.).
22:10 December 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
Gonna be a lot of unhappy boys in the future.
23:07 December 20, 2010 by locaxy
These are some of the most childish comments I have read on this site. Then again, it's not like the journalist did any better with the title.

Good night and good luck.
01:24 December 21, 2010 by JoeSwede
Good News. Keep the population at a constant level.
08:10 December 22, 2010 by mkvgtired
LOL Swedesmith x 2.

I have a feeling those unhappy boys will have plenty of women to date. There is always Rosie Palm and her five sisters
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