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Localities and urban areas

Upcoming publishing: 2022-03-22

The statistics show the urban land area, population, structure of buildings, and employed day population. An urban area has contiguous buildings with no more than 200 metres between houses and at least 200 residents. Statistics Sweden separates urban areas geographically and then calculates statistics for each urban area.

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Localities and urban areas 2020


Increasing proportion of people live in urban areas At the end of December in 2020, 88 percent of Sweden’s population lived in an urban area. This proportion is somewhat higher compared with Statistics Sweden’s most recent measurement, which referred to 2018. One-third of the country’s population lives in an urban area with more than 100 000 inhabitants. There are ten such localities in Sweden.

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Tables in the Statistical Database


Title Language Type Date
Localities and urban areas 2018 English SM 2019-10-24
SCB:s avgränsningar av koncentrerad bebyggelse English rapport 2016-10-25
Localities 2015 English SM 2016-10-25
Localities 2010 – Employed and population within and outside localities English SM 2013-11-20
Localities 2010 – Architectural structure English SM 2012-03-22
Localities 2010 – Population: gender and age English SM 2012-02-15
Localities 2010 English SM 2011-06-16
Localities 2005 – History English SM 2009-06-09
Localities 2005 – Employment and population within and outside localities English SM 2008-03-18
Localities 2005 – Population and building structures English SM 2008-01-25
Satellite data to support demarcation of urban areas, small communities, holiday home areas and workplace areas English Rapport 2007-11-22
Localities 2005 English SM 2006-11-30
Localities 2000 – Population and employment in and outside localities English SM 2004-03-31
Land use in localities 2000 and changes 1995–2000 English SM 2003-01-31
Land use in urban areas 1995 and changes between 1990–1995 English SM 2002-02-22
Localities 2000 English SM 2002-02-20
Localities 1995 English SM 1996-12-05
Land use in urban areas 1990 and changes between 1980–1990 English SM 1992-04-16
Localities 1990 English SM 1992-02-16
Land use in urban settlements and their surroundings. Changes between 1970–1980 English SM 1987-02-18
Land use in urban settlements and their surroundings in 1980 English SM 1985-08-16
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