Sweden Population 2017

9,929,282

In 2016, Sweden's population is estimated to be 9,801,616, making it the 91st largest country in the world by population.

According to Statistics Sweden, the population was exceeded by 9 million for the first time on August 12, 2004. Population density is recorded as 24.2 people per square kilometer, with a higher population density in the south than in the north.

Since May 2012, Sweden’s population has increased by around 0.85%. Immigration has been a major source for growth in population throughout Sweden's history, and since 2012, the number of immigrants to Sweden has increased while the number of emigrants have decreased. Today, about one-fifth of Sweden's population has an immigrant background.

Compared to current European standards, Sweden has a relatively high fertility rate measured at 1.9 births per woman. However, this has decreased from the rate of 1.99 births per woman in 2011. Most of the increase in population growth can be attributed to the increasing number of immigrants and live births in the country.

When ranked by world population, Sweden stands at the 91st position according to the monthly official estimate, constituting 0.133% of the world population.

Sweden Population History

In the year 1570, the estimated Swedish population stood at 900,000. Over the centuries, the statistics have only showed progress: 1,485,000 in 1700; 4,099,000 in 1865; 8,562,000 in 1990 and the current 9,801,616 in 2016. When the Swedish census was conducted in 2005, it showed an increase of 475,322 when compared with the 1990 census, which means an average increase of 31,680 annually.

Due to the fact that Sweden’s fertility rate fell from 2.21 to 1.29 between 1950 and 2000, and life expectancy at birth rose by 8 years for males and 10 years for females, the population structure underwent a huge transformation. It changed from the classic pyramid shape to the pillar shape, which represents a more evenly distributed percentage of population in each age bracket.

Population increases during 2004-2012 have mainly been attributed to immigration from Muslim countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. This translates as an influx of Muslim immigrants as opposed to any other ethnicity.

Sweden Life Expectancy

According to WHO data, life expectancy at birth for the Swedish population is calculated as 81.8 years, with 79.9 years for males and 83.6 years for females. The number of live births has increased by 0.93% since 2012, as opposed to deaths which have decreased by 1.1%.

Sweden was ranked at 14th place according to its life expectancy estimates by WHO (World Health Organization) in 2013. Other countries sharing this position with Sweden, according to WHO, are: Italy, Singapore, Iceland, Andorra, Australia, Spain, Qatar, Israel, Monaco, France, Canada and Luxembourg.

Sweden Demographics

The demographic profile of Sweden has altered drastically due to immigration patterns since the 1970s. The larger amount of the population is situated in the urban areas; approximately 86% to be precise. Estimated rate of urbanization during 2010-2015 is 0.6% at an annual rate of change. The capital Stockholm is inhabited by a population of over 911,000, with 1.4 million in the urban areas, and 2.2 million in the metropolitan areas.

Estimates of the age structure of the Swedish population shows that most of the people are middle-aged: 0-14 years (17%), 15-64 years (63%), 65 years and above (20%). Sex ratio according to the 2011 estimate is: at birth (1.06 Male/Female), under 15 (1.06 Male/Female), 15-64 (1.02 Male/Female), 65 years and above (0.81 Male/Female) and total population (0.98 Male/Female).

Data gathered in 2014 shows that education expenditures amounted to 13.2% of GDP, while health expenditures were 9.6% of GDP in 2012. The literacy rate in 2016 is very high at 99% for the total population, males and females. Maternal mortality rate was calculated at a low number of 4 deaths for 100000 live births in 2015, when compared to the increasing maternal mortality rates in other countries.

Though there are no official statistics on ethnicity, according to Statistics Sweden around 1,921,000 (20.1%) inhabitants of Sweden were of a foreign background in 2012. This background included: indigenous population of Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities, and foreign-born or first-generation immigrants like Turks, Greeks, Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes and Norwegians. The dominating religion in Sweden is Lutheran at 87%, with others like Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish at 13%. The official language is Swedish, while other languages spoken include small Sami and Finnish speaking minorities.

Sweden Population in 2017Source: Holger.Ellgaard

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Sweden Population Growth

Sweden’s current fertility rate of 1.9 births per woman will have to increase if the population growth is to progress at a positive rate. The aging population is also set to increase, and if the number of births does not rise, the population structure will return to the original pyramid shape, which translates into lesser births and lesser deaths. It is forecasted that in the near future, the number of men will exceed the number of women, which has not been the case for many years. It has also been forecast that immigration will be greater than emigration in the future. In 2018, it is expected that the population of Sweden will pass the ten million mark, while the eleven million mark is expected in the mid-2030s. According to the forecast, by the end of 2060, the population is expected to reach 12.5 million people.

About Sweden

Official NameKingdom of Sweden
Languages SpokenSwedish
BordersFIN, NOR
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude6215
Currencies UsedSEK

Sweden Population Density

Name Population
AElvsbyn5,042
Hono5,045
Saevsjoe5,068
Smedjebacken5,121
Malung5,146
Skare5,173
Gnesta5,208
Grums5,231
Orsa5,278
Vargarda5,303
Hultsfred5,305
Malmslatt5,358
Tierp5,377
Akarp5,393
Hagfors5,403
Perstorp5,468
Holmsund5,482
Mullsjoe5,506
Dalby5,517
Lindsdal5,520
Loddekopinge5,582
Kungsoer5,610
Vadstena5,700
Surte5,740
Laholm5,835
Leksand5,861
Sodra Sandby5,941
Malmberget6,017
Nykvarn6,032
Hjo6,075
Storvreta6,083
Ljusdal6,100
Stroemstad6,110
Flen6,114
Vellinge6,115
Skutskaer6,136
Filipstad6,177
Tomelilla6,204
Kramfors6,235
Habo6,244
Surahammar6,276
Bjuv6,348
Forshaga6,355
Bro6,359
Sjoebo6,364
Bollebygd6,364
Nora6,496
Bankeryd6,498
Ljungsbro6,510
Simrishamn6,546
Hoerby6,651
Landvetter6,680
Kallered6,784
Skanor med Falsterbo6,861
Fisksatra6,864
Bunkeflostrand6,874
Knivsta6,898
Valbo6,911
Atvidaberg6,947
Osby6,947
Soederkoeping6,951
Skurup6,978
Hofors7,021
Loevgaerdet7,113
Sigtuna7,204
Hedemora7,279
Bergshamra7,300
Kalix7,340
Kungsaengen7,367
Hoeoer7,379
Olofstroem7,382
Degerfors7,418
Hallsberg7,418
Bromoella7,428
Fittja7,500
Lysekil7,568
Torshalla7,614
Alvesta7,647
Klippan7,778
Kil7,826
Vimmerby7,827
Soelvesborg7,883
Hammarkullen7,914
Tidaholm7,920
Tibro8,005
Brevik8,024
Gardsten8,025
Gaellivare8,480
Astorp8,514
AElmhult8,518
Solleftea8,530
Lycksele8,597
Bjarred8,663
Lindesberg8,752
Lomma8,820
Djursholm8,856
Saltsjobaden8,937
Ahus9,000
Nodinge-Nol9,077
Arloev9,108
Saeffle9,156
Oxie9,225
Alta9,274
Jordbro9,316
Ulricehamn9,349
Amal9,380
Saevja9,414
Svedala9,593
Billdal9,609
Eksjoe9,676
Gustavsberg9,682
Ekeroe9,931
Hollviken10,014
Stenungsund10,067
Gislaved10,091
Torslanda10,129
Timra10,168
Kista10,254
Hallstahammar10,300
Arboga10,369
Fagersta10,432
Segeltorp10,536
Oxelosund10,690
Mora10,940
Lindome10,942
Alby11,400
Handen11,524
Mjolby11,560
Ronneby11,618
Sala12,015
Soderhamn12,022
Nybro12,059
Vetlanda12,068
Bollnas12,145
Finspang12,415
Strangnas12,555
Kumla12,756
Skoghall12,845
Onsala13,370
Hoganas13,461
Balsta13,495
Nynashamn13,616
Ludvika13,638
Arvika13,666
Tranas13,765
Kaevlinge13,850
Avesta14,110
Staffanstorp14,192
Kinna14,210
Ljungby14,272
Hudiksvall14,621
Molnlycke14,653
Mariestad14,891
Falkoeping15,821
Eslov15,898
Lerum15,949
Nassjo15,954
Tullinge16,000
Gamla Uppsala16,231
Oskarshamn16,613
Koping16,617
Arsta16,807
Rasunda16,877
Norrtalje16,914
Haernoesand17,016
Hassleholm17,050
Ystad17,266
Kristinehamn17,836
Varnamo17,950
Kiruna18,154
Karlshamn18,161
Boden18,225
Falkenberg18,407
Kungsbacka18,698
Skara18,735
Enkoping19,733
Vaestervik20,694
Katrineholm21,108
Kungalv21,262
Huskvarna21,500
Boo21,776
Vanersborg21,835
Visby21,970
Pitea22,044
Sandviken22,111
Marsta23,194
AEngelholm23,240
Jakobsberg24,046
Lidkoping24,586
Alingsas24,826
Nacka25,170
Trelleborg25,494
Varberg25,816
Vallentuna26,733
Akersberga26,785
Karlskoga26,949
Nykoping27,582
Ornskoldsvik27,749
Landskrona27,889
Partille28,648
Majorna29,254
Motala29,715
Uddevalla30,282
Skelleftea30,839
Kristianstad32,188
Karlskrona32,309
Skoevde33,119
Sundbyberg34,529
Kalmar34,744
Tumba35,780
OEstermalm36,418
Falun36,477
Upplands Vaesby36,534
Borlaenge39,422
OEstersund42,940
Lidingoe43,000
Trollhattan44,522
Lulea45,551
Sundsvall48,463
Halmstad55,657
Taby58,123
Vasastan58,458
Sollentuna58,897
Eskilstuna59,016
Karlstad59,266
Moelndal59,430
Vaexjoe59,600
Soedertaelje60,279
Bromma61,000
Boras63,223
Solna66,909
Gavle68,635
Kungsholmen69,363
Umea74,005
Haninge74,968
Lund76,263
Norrkoping82,903
Jonkoping83,202
Huddinge90,182
Helsingborg91,025
Linkoping96,732
Orebro98,573
Vasteras107,194
Soedermalm127,323
Uppsala127,734
Malmoe261,548
Goeteborg504,084
Stockholm1,253,309

Sweden Population Clock

What is the population of Sweden (as of September 13, 2017)?9,929,282
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)9920624
Births Per Day66
Deaths Per Day49
Net Migrations Per Day 100
Net Change Per Day 117
Population Change Since January 1st29,835

Sweden Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 12.21 births/thousand149
Crude Death Rate 9.067 deaths/thousand59
Crude Net Migration Rate 3.678 people/thousand21
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 82.683 years11
Male Life Expectancy 81.02 years6
Female Life Expectancy 84.302 years18
Total Fertility Rate 1.926 children/woman129
Net Reproduction Rate 0.929 surviving daughters/woman127
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female28
Infant Mortality Rate 2.501 deaths/1,000 live births189
Under Five Mortality 2.927 deaths/thousand191
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.896 years33
Rate of Natural Increase 3.176 156
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.401 %12
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 1.8 %14
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 0.982 %8
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 5.379 %5
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 6.347 %3
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 4.368 %12
Crude Suicide Rate 13.2 suicides/thousand42
Median Age (Total) 41.2 years34
Median Age (Female) 42.2 years39
Median Age (Male) 40.2 years27

Sweden Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20179,920,62450.013%49.987%241840.67%90
20159,779,42649.97%50.03%231850.74%90
20109,382,29649.793%50.207%221830.85%91
20059,030,16349.574%50.426%221810.63%87
20008,872,28449.441%50.559%211790.18%82
19958,826,72049.406%50.594%211760.26%81
19908,559,10749.398%50.602%201750.67%78
19858,350,81449.384%50.616%201690.32%74
19808,310,91549.547%50.453%201650.11%69
19758,192,69349.734%50.266%191630.32%65
19708,049,04949.943%50.057%191550.51%65
19657,741,16649.946%50.054%181520.81%64
19607,479,60249.886%50.114%181460.63%61
19557,259,57949.868%50.132%171430.58%54
19507,009,91349.791%50.209%171370.88%52

Sweden Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202010,120,39650.057%49.943%241870.68%90
202510,463,15850.107%49.893%251900.61%89
203010,766,37050.123%49.877%261920.51%88
203511,029,98050.121%49.879%261930.46%89
204011,290,38650.122%49.878%271920.48%90
204511,574,36150.134%49.866%281900.52%90
205011,880,54250.148%49.852%281930.52%90
205512,181,89950.185%49.815%291930.47%91
206012,462,50750.224%49.776%301930.43%93
206512,726,05050.268%49.732%311930.41%92
207012,990,15550.317%49.683%311930.41%92
207513,260,04650.357%49.643%321920.4%90
208013,525,12450.387%49.613%321920.38%92
208513,776,06150.419%49.581%331900.35%91
209014,015,06650.466%49.534%341870.33%89
209514,245,89950.515%49.485%341870.32%88
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations