Who’s the most likely Swede to drive a convertible? Anders, 50

New statistics reveal that the Swedes most likely to own a convertible are men between 50 and 70 from southern Sweden. 

Who's the most likely Swede to drive a convertible? Anders, 50
Even the King of Sweden (not named Anders, but Carl XVI Gustaf) rides a convertible. Photo: Rickard Nilsson/TT

It’s amazing the level of detail you can get from vehicle registration statistics. 

Sweden’s national number-crunching agency Statistics Sweden has analysed the demographic data on who owns convertibles in the country and found that 1,436 men named Anders own a car with a folding roof.

The first female name, Eva, only makes it to number 18 on the list of most common names among convertible owners. 

Women under 29 are the least likely demographic to own a convertible, with only 419 registered.

That’s compared to a whopping 32,139 men over the age of 50 who like to feel the wind in their hair while they drive. 

According to the data, their most common profession is salesperson or CEO.

“But the interest in engines also seems to play a role in the tendency to own a convertible,” said Håkan Sjöberg, a Statistics Sweden analyst, in a statement. “Vehicle mechanics are also among convertible owners,” he said.

Statistics can only tell us so much, but it seems that the old cliché still holds true. Once middle-age hits, you’re best off buying a convertible and owning it.  

Member comments

  1. I’ve owned my hard-top convertible (in Southern Sweden) since I was 46, ten years ago, and would never have a non-convertible again by choice. The summer is best enjoyed with the roof down.

    Of course they are more likely to be owned by older drivers, they cost considerably more than regular ‘saloon style’ cars.

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Country by country: Where do Sweden’s newest foreign residents come from?

More people moved to Sweden last year than the year before. But where do they all come from?

Country by country: Where do Sweden's newest foreign residents come from?

Immigration to Sweden increased year-on-year in 2021 for the first time since 2016, when around 163,000 new residents were added to the country’s population register, according to fresh data by national number crunchers Statistics Sweden.

In total, 90,631 people moved to Sweden last year, up 9.8 percent on 2020.

The largest group of immigrants, 11 percent, were Swedes returning to their country of birth.

This was followed by people born in India. A total of 6,017 people born in India moved to Sweden last year, an increase of 48.2 percent on the previous year.

The next largest groups were from Syria (3,538 people born in Syria became registered as residents last year), closely followed by Germany (3,501) and Pakistan (3,240).

Fewer people emigrated from Sweden last year, with 48,284 people moving out – a decrease of 1.3 percent compared to 2020, according to Statistics Sweden’s data.

Again, most of these were native Swedes – 16,975 in total – of whom 10.4 percent moved to the UK, 10 percent moved to Norway and 8.3 percent moved to Denmark.

More than half of all emigrants last year (55.9 percent), at least the ones who were not born in Sweden, returned to their country of birth. This was particularly common among people born in Finland, with 1,609 Finnish-born people returning to Finland from Sweden.

The number of foreign-born residents in Sweden grew to 2,090,503 people last year, an increase of 2.1 percent. Syria, Iraq and Finland make up the top three countries of birth. Sweden’s total population stood at 10,452,326 at the turn of the year.

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