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One in four Swedes a Stockholmer by 2020

The Local/rm · 10 Nov 2011, 12:57

Published: 10 Nov 2011 12:57 GMT+01:00

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”When the population is expected to grow by two bus loads of people every day until 2020, there is an increased need of new investments in the capital city region,” said Maria Rankka, CEO of the Chamber in a statement.

According to the chamber's predictions, the Swedish capital is one of Europe's fastest growing cities, growing almost twice as fast as London.

Rankka believes that if the city is to cope with this development, the authorities need to invest in housing, public transport, education and other services.

The region is also drawing in a lot of young people, according to the study.

”There are a lot of young people attracted by the city and only Amsterdam and London have a younger population,” Rankka said.

But demographics expert Åke Nilsson told newspaper Metro he is concerned that there could be even more Stockholmers in ten years than predicted by the chamber.

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”There's an enormous pressure and it is important that the needs of the population will be met. The infrastructure simply isn't up to it and more housing has to be built,” he told Metro.

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14:20 November 10, 2011 by EtoileBrilliant
This has been known for a long time but the politicians still insist on ignoring the problem:

- requirement to deregulate the rental housing market.

- market based congestion charge that truly limits, if not reduces, the level of private cars in the city (the current level have had no effect in reducing traffic levels).

- more pedestrian zones in the city center.

Judging by the amount of "thunder underground" I hear every evening in Vasatsan. they seem to have grasped the nettle and started to invest in new T-Bahn lines or branch lines.
18:50 November 10, 2011 by Abe L
Indeed, start investigating in roads, parking spots and infrastructure *now*.

At the utter slow rate that Swedes get anything done, they should probably have started building years ago. The Stockholm road network has to much choke points and to little diversity. A single accident anywhere in the city will stall just about all traffic.

And remove the silly toll and massive parking fees! There are to many areas around Stockholm not served by usable public transportation. It is very bitter if the only way to get to work is by car and the government seems to be doing everything in the power to make that cost a fortune.
23:45 November 10, 2011 by rise
The government which mainly consists of people born in Stockholm doesn't care much about the country outside of the capital. For as long as Stockholm lives and breeds they're happy. Who cares about the rest of Sweden? For example Norrland is often treated almost like some colony.
09:05 November 11, 2011 by eppie
@abe L

What are you whinging on about? Ever been to another country?

I think the only developed country where driving car is cheaper than in Sweden is the US. Cars are much cheaper than the rest of europe, fuel is cheaper, and parking your car is cheaper than in any comparable city in western europe.

Result: all morons drive a car
09:28 November 11, 2011 by unionisten
well the whole repport is wrong, it might be 2 millions in Stockholms län not in greater stockholm. i doubt that people who lives in Norrtälje sees them self from Stockholm, neither does people in Södertälje
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