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Swedes lead European race to the city

TT/The Local/po · 8 Apr 2012, 10:50

Published: 08 Apr 2012 10:50 GMT+02:00

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In 2010, Sweden’s most densely populated areas grew at a rate of 17.3 people per thousand residents, far outstripping the EU average of 5.2, according to new Eurostat figures.

Since 2005, Sweden has had the quickest rate of urban growth in Europe by quite some distance.

Malmö, Stockholm and Umeå are all among the continent’s fastest growing cities, with all three evolving at a rate of more than one percent every year since 1994.

With the population gravitating more and more to urban centres, some 139 of Sweden’s 290 municipalities witnessed a population decrease last year, with the vast Norrland region especially hard hit by changing population patterns.

But Sweden still has a long way to go if it is ever to become as urbanized as Belgium, the Netherlands or Great Britain where more than two thirds of the inhabitants live in densely populated areas, Sydsvenskan reports.

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Although Sweden is now home to twelve cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, it also has the highest number of residents living in so-called intermediate regions, which are neither predominantly urban nor predominantly rural.

TT/The Local/po (news@thelocal.se)

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11:50 April 8, 2012 by Abe L
To bad Swedes are completely incompetent in keeping with installing infrastructure and are harming their own economy in that way. If people move to the cities, which is only a natural thing to occur, you need to invest a lot of money in facilitating that.

Creating toll-roads and charging outrageous parking fees aren't going to fix anything. It just means people that are already overtaxed suffer more and have even less disposable income.
16:02 April 8, 2012 by Swedishmyth
~200% gasoline tax has a way of molding the populace into a certain desired model.
17:36 April 8, 2012 by Buckshot
Gasoline taxes makes living outside cities very expensive. Soon it will be just rich peoples summerhouses in the countryside.
18:51 April 8, 2012 by salalah
Poor country people - have no clothes to wear...
19:06 April 8, 2012 by Dave N
With thousands of 3rd World colonists pouring in every year, is this really any surprise?
06:05 April 9, 2012 by rise
Dave N, that's not only a few but tens of thousands immigrants every year. In 2009 it peaked at over a hundred thousand immigrants (102,280). In 2010 14.3% of Sweden's inhabitants were foreign-born:


It is a small wonder Sverigedemokraterna now is in the the parliament of Sweden!
10:11 April 9, 2012 by towns
@ rise

Sweden's immigrant population might be 14.3% as of 2010 but that's not the entire picture. If you include people who are both immigrants and children of immigrants that figure is actually 19.1% (as of 2010), by comparison in 2000 it was 14.5%. Forecasts have shown that it things continue at there present rate (consistently increasing immigration and fertility below replacement levels for ethnic Swedes) the number of people who are either immigrants or of immigrant background should increase to about 28% by 2030 (this coming from Sweden's own statistics and not the "fear mongering" of anti-immigration sentiment). Most immigrants are concentrated in the urban areas of Svealand and Götaland...
13:20 April 9, 2012 by rise
@ towns "Most immigrants are concentrated in the urban areas of Svealand and Götaland..."

Yes and that fact alone is likely one, if not THE, major reason why those areas are growing as fast - not because of "poor country people" supposed without clothes as salalah so brilliantly stated above.

I'm actually a bit sad to say my vote probably will go for SD 2014. There simply isn't any other alternative; other parties are too politically correct (read: cowardly) for the question at hand.
13:22 April 9, 2012 by Marc the Texan
"Sweden still has a long way to go if it is ever to become as urbanized as Belgium, the Netherlands or Great Britain"

I guess some peoples definition of urbanization is my definition of overpopulation. Can't imagine why anyone would want Sweden to become as "urbanized" as the countries above.
20:37 April 9, 2012 by rise

Furthermore the Netherlands has 16.5 million people sharing 41 526 km², Great Britain 61 million people sharing 244 820 km² and Sweden only 9.5 million people sharing 528 447 km². In Sweden people have space! I wouldn't dream of living in the Netherlands or some other place overpopulated - it would feel like living in a tin of herrings. :P
05:46 April 10, 2012 by minzi
To live in the cities can offer a lot of conveniences. No wonder people have the desire to move into the cities. Of course the cities need to develope more for more people able to live in and should create more jobs for the residents too. I think this is the most difficult one. If Swden has more cooperation with other foreign companies to do business instead of just selling Swedish brands or companies to the foreign countries, there will be more opportunities for people to find work.
07:27 April 10, 2012 by skogsbo
Towns, every where has or is 100% made of decendants of immigrants, it depends how far you want to go back in history to see when human life arrived there. Man has roamed the planet back and forth since we stopped swinging from the trees many millions of years ago, it's called life and evolution. In a few 1000 years time there will probably be no true nationalities, just humans, because global travel will have mixed us all physically and gentically, no bad thing in terms of survival.

Minzi, why should Sweden or the Cities provide more work, if folk keep arriving from the country it is them that should ensure their own employment, they should do more themselves and start these businesses up that you talk of. Why wait for life on a plate, go get it yourself. If they can't why not go back to the country and do the same? With global logistics, the internet and virtual working, the real need to move to the cities is probably less than ever.
09:11 April 10, 2012 by towns
@ skogsbo

That might be true but the "immigration debate" really depends on context. Try telling the indigenous people in the Americas that they are also descendants of immigrants and see how they react or try telling the Japanese that the Ainu are the true indigenous people of Japan.

"In a few 1000 years time there will probably be no true nationalities, just humans"

Honestly though that is just speculative racial nihilist propaganda. Sure, major cities and places like the United States, Canada, Brazil, and probably European countries like France, the UK, the Netherlands and from the looks of it, Sweden, will be mixed but I don't think it's going to occur everywhere. We're probably not going to be seeing Sub-Saharan Africans in Mongolia or Bulgarians in Somalia or Berbers in Greenland anytime soon. As for the debate that people will just be "humans" well, aren't they already? How does being "mixed" make you more human?
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