Discover the biggest cities in Sweden.
Sweden is a growing country with more than 10 million people. It is located in the north of Europe, is the largest Scandinavian country, and is the house of many innovative inventions like Bluetooth, Spotify, and seat belts, among others. Many cities contribute to the total population; according to the world population review, the biggest city is the capital of the country: Stockholm, with 983,312 people living in this urban area. The second biggest city is Gothenburg, with 572,799 people living there. The third biggest city is Malmoe, with 301,706 persons living in.
Stockholm's county population represent 22% of Sweden's total population. According to Statistics Sweden (SCB), in the 1-3 quarter of 2022, the biggest municipalities of Stockholm county are:
The capital of the country is the most popular in Sweden and Scandinavia. The city has been the region's economic, political and cultural centre. As Stockholm is growing and almost reaching 1 million people, the town needs continuous development, innovation and effective urban planning. People attracted to living a good life in the city need a house, workplaces, public services, schools, etc. The government needs to expand urban streets, public transport to mobilize the population, electricity, internet, etc.
Stockholm has diverse indoor or outdoor sports, culture and nature activities to spend time single, with friends or family. It is a friendly and beautiful walking city to taste the gastronomy, explore nature and visit museums and other attractions and activities. For example, an adventure in the Stockholm archipelago, swimming in the city or the ocean; guided tours around the city by bus (Ocean Bus), boat (Tre Kronor's sailing trips), walking tours (Stockholm Gost Walk-90 minutes of mystery in old town), riding a bicycle (The wooden bike tour using a hand-crafted wooden bicycle), among others. It is a child-friendly city with many activities for the little and youngest ones, like the fairytale world of Junibacken, The Viking Museum, The Vasa Museum, and Skansen (an open-air museum with historical buildings, Nordic animals, a children's zoo, and an aquarium). "We aim to continuously develop Stockholm, to be there for its citizens and to make Stockholm Northern Europe's most attractive city for people and businesses looking for a high quality of life, financial growth and a vibrant, knowledge-based environment." (City Governance of Stockholm).
Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish) is Sweden's second largest and most important city, located at the mouth of the Göta älv river on the country's west coast. Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by Gustav II Adolf, king of Sweden, between the years 1611 to 1632.
Gothenburg is a friendly, modern, creative city with a bohemian-chic air. Several restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars, making the gastronomic proposal attractive. The Haga Nygata neighbourhood is a cultural attraction where the architecture of the place is combined with its cobbled streets to enjoy a walk, visit the handicraft and second-hand shops and sit in a cafeteria to eat a typical Swedish cinnamon roll, accompanied by a delicious coffee.
Gothenburg port is the largest in Scandinavia. In the Feskekörka market, you can find a wide variety of fresh fish. You can also access the maritime museum to learn about Swedish naval history. The main boulevard, Avenyn, is full of restaurants, exciting museums like the museum of arts, shops and nightclubs. There are plenty of activities to do in the city if you want to explore by yourself, with friends, or with family and children.
According to the Global Destination Sustainability Index, Gothenburg has been ranked as the world's most sustainable destination six times in a row.
Malmoe (Malmö in Swedish) is the third largest city in Sweden and the largest in the Skåne region. Malmoe developed in the late 18th century and quickly became one of the essential northern capitals in Europe. This bustling port capital is located in the far south of the country, connected to Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, by the Øresund Bridge (inaugurated in 2000, almost 8km long that connects both cities). Malmoe offers everything: architecture ranging from historic castles to modern buildings, a distinguished atmosphere, and youthful and children's fun.
One of the must-see attractions is the Turning Torso; It is considered the first twisted skyscraper in the world, designed by Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect, and inaugurated in 2005. The tower reaches 190 meters in height with 54 floors and 147 residential apartments.
Lia Torg is a square plaza with different restaurants, bars and shops to spend a remembered afternoon and night with friends and family.
An intriguing stop is the Disgusting food museum, which invites visitors to explore 80 of the world's most disgusting food and challenge their notions.
With companies in Sweden needing global talent, there’s ample opportunity for the world’s brightest minds to relocate to these biggest cities or others within the country.
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