Where do the most unsociable Swedes live?

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Where do the most unsociable Swedes live?
Are Swedes anti-social? Photo: Anna Littorin/Scanpix

Which of your Swedish friends are the most likely to refuse your invitation to a Christmas gathering, New Year's Eve party or night out with colleagues? A national social life survey has found out.


While we at The Local remain firmly convinced that Swedes make very warm and genuine friends once you get to know them, we admit it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to make it that far.

After all, a global quality of life survey earlier this year found that although Sweden was the top country in Europe for expats – it failed spectacularly on being a good place to find new friends.

“When people find out I'm Australian they try to make small talk with me, but they really struggle. They speak good English, it's just that they don't know what to say,” one expat told us at the time.

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Now, a fresh survey has listed the Swedish regions where the most anti-social Swedes live.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden's (Folkhälsomyndigheten) national public health survey found that one in five Swedes had a poor social life, taking part in few society meetings, parties and family gatherings, according to news bureau Siren.

The least social Swedes lived in the picturesque north-western region of Dalarna, home to the Dala horse and the annual Vasaloppet Nordic skiing race. It was closely followed by Jämtland county in the north and Kalmar in the south-east.

If you want a friendly and social night out, however, the people in the university town of Uppsala, Halland county in the south-west and the capital Stockholm were the most likely to tag along.

The survey also found that Swedish women were generally more social than their male equivalents, with 21 percent of men participating in few social events compared to 19 percent of women.

Low social participation 2012-2015

1. Dalarna: 26 percent

2. Jämtland: 24 percent

3. Kalmar: 23 percent

4. Gävleborg: 23 percent

5. Västernorrland: 23 percent

6. Blekinge: 22 percent

7. Värmland: 22 percent

8. Örebro: 22 percent

9. Västmanland: 22 percent

10. Norrbotten: 22 percent

11. Södermanland: 21 percent

12. Västerbotten: 21 percent

13. Östergötland: 20 percent

14. Jönköping: 20 percent

15. Kronoberg: 20 percent

16. Gotland: 20 percent

17. Skåne: 20 percent

18. Västra Götaland: 20 percent

19. Stockholm: 18 percent

20. Halland: 18 percent

21. Uppsala: 17 percent


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