List of urban areas in Sweden by population

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This is a list of urban areas in Sweden by population.

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, formal name: the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.3 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the central and southern half of the country.

The population is measured by Statistics Sweden. The statistics bureau uses the term tätort (locality or urban area), which is defined as a continuous built-up area with a maximum distance of 200 m between residences. The localities are geographical and statistical units, totally independent of the administrative and political subdivision in counties and municipalities.

Statistics Sweden Swedens principal government institution in charge of statistics and census data

Statistics Sweden is the Swedish government agency responsible for producing official statistics regarding Sweden. National statistics in Sweden date back to 1686 when the parishes of the Church of Sweden were ordered to start keeping records on the population. SCB's predecessor, the Tabellverket, was set up in 1749, and the current name was adopted in 1858.

Counties of Sweden administrative subdivisions of Sweden

The counties of Sweden are the top-level geographic subdivisions of Sweden. Sweden is today divided into 21 counties; however, the numbers of counties has varied over time, due to territorial gains/losses and to divisions and/or mergers of existing counties. This level of administrative unit was first established in the 1634 Instrument of Government on Lord Chancellor Count Axel Oxenstierna's initiative, and superseded the historical provinces of Sweden in order to introduce a more efficient administration of the realm. At that time, they were what the translation of län into English literally means: fiefdoms. The county borders often follow the provincial borders, but the Crown often chose to make slight relocations to suit its purposes.

Municipalities of Sweden local administrative subdivisions of Sweden

The municipalities of Sweden are its lower-level local government entities. There are 290 municipalities which are responsible for a large proportion of local services, including schools, emergency services and physical planning.

The urban areas in Sweden with more than 20,000 inhabitants as of 2015, according to Statistics Sweden, who only releases these statistics every five years, [1] are:

  1. Stockholm – 1,515,017
  2. Gothenburg – 599,011
  3. Malmö – 316,588
  4. Uppsala – 160,462
  5. Upplands Väsby and Sollentuna urban area sv – 144,826
  6. Västerås – 122,953
  7. Örebro – 120,650
  8. Linköping – 111,267
  9. Helsingborg – 109,869
  10. Jönköping – 96,996
  11. Norrköping – 96,766
  12. Lund – 91,940
  13. Umeå – 87,404
  14. Gävle – 76,761
  15. Borås – 73,782
  16. Södertälje – 73,383
  17. Eskilstuna – 69,816
  18. Halmstad – 69,419
  19. Växjö – 68,059
  20. Karlstad – 64,031
  21. Sundsvall – 58,436
  22. Östersund – 51,132
  23. Trollhättan – 49,897
  24. North-east Gothenburg urban area – 46,675
  25. Luleå – 44,208
  26. Borlänge – 42,947
  27. Lidingö – 42, 466
  28. Tumba – 42,227
  29. Kristianstad – 40,926
  30. Kalmar – 40,047
  31. Falun – 38,356
  32. Skövde – 38,106
  33. Nyköping - 38,069
  34. Karlskrona – 37,165
  35. Uddevalla – 36,028
  36. Skellefteå – 35,775
  37. Varberg – 35,151
  38. Åkersberga – 34,246
  39. Landskrona – 33,049
  40. Örnsköldsvik – 32,976
  41. Vallentuna – 32,615
  42. Motala – 31,385
  43. Trelleborg – 30,436
  44. Märsta – 29,162
  45. Ängelholm – 28,251
  46. Lerum – 27,791
  47. Karlskoga – 27,556
  48. Alingsås – 27,266
  49. Sandviken – 25,530
  50. Falkenberg – 24,705
  51. Kungälv – 24,511
  52. Katrineholm – 24,271
  53. Visby – 24,272
  54. Vänersborg – 23,652
  55. Torslanda – 23,548
  56. Lidköping – 23,431
  57. Enköping – 23,402
  58. Piteå – 23,350
  59. Gustavsberg – 23,395
  60. Västervik – 21,451
  61. Karlshamn – 20,387

See also

The largest metropolitan areas in the Nordic countries are difficult to rank in size because the definition patterns are different from country to country.

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An urban area in the Nordic countries, with the exception of Iceland, is defined as a distinct statistical concept used to differentiate population clusters independent of municipal borders. The population is measured on a national level, independently by each country's statistical bureau. Statistics Sweden uses the term tätort, Statistics Finland also uses tätort in Swedish and taajama in Finnish, Statistics Denmark uses byområde (city), while Statistics Norway uses tettsted.


  1. "Folkmängden per tätort. Vart femte år 1960 - 2016". (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden . Retrieved 5 November 2017. Another number was released dated 2016, using updated population data, but 2015 urban area boundaries, meaning expansion was ignored.