Coronavirus in Sweden: How many cases are there in your local area?

Coronavirus in Sweden: How many cases are there in your local area?
A beach in Gällivare, the area of Sweden with the most known cases of coronavirus per capita. Photo from June: Hans-Olof Utsi / TT
Sweden has been the Nordic country most severely hit by the coronavirus, and the variations between different parts of the country are significant. Here's a look at the situation at the moment in each of Sweden's 290 municipalities.

Even within a region, there have been marked differences in the spread of the infection between nearby neighbourhoods. 

The Swedish Public Health Agency recently began publishing data which looks at the figures for each of the almost 300 municipalities, not only the 21 regions.

The map below shows total cases and cases per capita since the start of the outbreak.

Gällivare in northern Sweden sticks out, with 326 cases per 10,000 inhabitants. This city was the site of a local outbreak recently, the kind of cluster that authorities have warned we are likely to see more of even as the overall spread of the virus slows down at a national level.

It's worth noting that up until mid-May Gällivare had fewer than 15 cases.

That's important because it means most of the area's confirmed cases came after Sweden's testing policy had been expanded to cover anyone with symptoms. A higher proportion of the actual number of cases are therefore likely to be represented in the data in Gällivare than in for example Stockholm, where the virus spread fast early on but most mild cases would not be recorded due to lack of testing.

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The municipalities with the highest confirmed cases per 10,000 residents are Gällivare (326 confirmed cases per 10,000 residents), Munkfors (217), Töreboda (189), Gislaved (171), Bräcke (167).

Stockholm and Gothenburg are not among the top ten municipalities for cases per 10,000 residents (100 and 116 respectively), but within these large municipalities the Public Health Agency has also looked more closely at data for different neighbourhoods, given the significant differences in spread of the virus even in neighbouring areas.

Two areas of Gothenburg, Angered and Östra Göteborg are in the ten local areas with the most cases per capita (151 and 139 cases per 10,000 residents respectively), while Stockholm's Rinkeby-Kista neighbourhood 137) and Skärholmen neighbourhood (136) are 11th and 12th on the list.

In terms of absolute numbers, the municipalities with the most cases confirmed since the start of the outbreak are the city of Stockholm (9,756), Gothenburg (6,724), Uppsala (2,411), Jönköping (2,167), and Västerås (1,586).

Tap or hover over the map below to see the total cases, and total cases per 10,000 residents, in your local area and other parts of Sweden.

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The map below shows which municipalities reported the most new cases in the week ending July 12th, the most recent week for which the Public Health Agency has data broken down at the municipal level.
 
By this date, 28 municipalities nationwide had still reported fewer than 15 cases since the start of the outbreak. Another 44 had over 15 cases in total, but reported no new cases that week.

And where is the virus spreading fastest?

It was Stockholm which reported the most new cases in this seven-day period at 354, followed by Gothenburg at 345. Given that Gothenburg municipality's population is a bit more than half that of Stockholm, this means the spread was fastest in the western city when taking into account population.

After that, the municipalities reporting most new confirmed cases were Gävle (85), Sundsvall (81),  Jönköping (73), Västerås (66) and Eskilstuna (50). Although the Public Health Agency has said that everyone experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus should be tested, healthcare is managed by the individual regions in Stockholm so there may be variations in how testing is managed.


Tap or hover over the map to find out exactly how many new cases were reported in your local area.

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On the Public Health Agency's website, it's possible to look back at the data for previous weeks, so you can see how the situation has developed in your local area.


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