Stockholm Population 2021

1,656,571
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Stockholm's 2021 population is now estimated at 1,656,571. In 1950, the population of Stockholm was 741,082. Stockholm has grown by 23,773 since 2015, which represents a 1.46% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Stockholm, which typically includes Stockholm's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Stockholm is the capital and most populous city of Sweden and the most populous city of Scandinavia. With a history going back to the 13th century, Stockholm has long been the cultural, economic, and political center of the region. Stockholm is located across 14 islands on the coast southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Malaren. As of 2018, Stockholm has an estimated population of 935,000.

Population Density of Stockholm

The population of Stockholm is estimated at 910,000 in 2016 with a population density of 4,800 people per square kilometer, or 13,000 per square mile. The Stockholm metropolitan area has 26 municipalities with a population of more than 2.2 million, while the Stockholm urban area has an estimated population of 1.4 million. The following are major municipalities in Metropolitan Stockholm:

  • Stockholm: 910,000
  • Huddinge: 105,311
  • Nacka: 97,986
  • Sodertalje: 93,202
  • Botkyrka: 89,425
  • Haninge: 83,866

Size of Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm accounts for 22% of Sweden's total population. The region considered Stockholm has changed over time. At the end of the 1800s, Stockholm was only what is today the City Centre, about 14 square miles of land and one-fifth of the current area. Now, the city proper encompasses 188 km2 (73 sq mi) while the metro area sprawls outward to 6,519 km2 (2,517 sq mi).

Stockholm Population Demographics

About 27% of Stockholmers are immigrants or of non-Swedish background. About 15% of the city is foreign-born, which is the highest of any Nordic city. Many immigrants are concentrated in the city's suburbs, with a wide variety of languages spoken in Greater Stockholm, including: Swedish, Finnish, English, Bosnian, Arabic, Syriac, Kurdish, Persian, Dutch, Turkish, Spanish, Croation and Serbian. The largest foreign-born groups are Finns (18,000), Iraqis (16,400), Iranian (11,600).

Over the last few years, there have been clashes between native-born residents and newly arrived immigrants. In 2013, the city was in flames after hundreds of immigrant youths rioted for four nights. The unrest and rioting has been especially high in immigrant neighborhoods like the Husby suburb, and many say Sweden is failing to effectively integrate its huge and growing immigrant population.

The average age of a Stockholm resident is 38.8 years old, with just over 40% of the population between the age of 20 and 44.

Stockholm Population Growth

Its estimated that Stockholm will hit a population of 3 million by 2045, largely due to migrants from Afghanistan and Syria. If a study conducted by Stockholm Regional Growth, Environment and Planning is right, the growth means Stockholm will need an additional 2,000 preschools within a decade, as well as more housing.

The Stockholm municipality itself should grow to one million by 2019, six years earlier than a study from 2011 had predicted. This growth is attributed to immigration exclusively.

Stockholm Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,873,3400.60%11,158
20341,862,1820.62%11,452
20331,850,7300.64%11,857
20321,838,8730.68%12,349
20311,826,5240.71%12,934
20301,813,5900.75%13,589
20291,800,0010.80%14,295
20281,785,7060.85%15,060
20271,770,6460.91%15,929
20261,754,7170.98%16,952
20251,737,7651.06%18,161
20241,719,6041.15%19,538
20231,700,0661.25%21,016
20221,679,0501.36%22,479
20211,656,5711.46%23,773
20201,632,7981.54%24,761
20191,608,0371.58%25,069
20181,582,9681.92%29,788
20171,553,1801.92%29,227
20161,523,9531.92%28,755
20151,495,1981.92%28,175
20141,467,0231.92%27,643
20131,439,3801.92%27,085
20121,412,2951.92%26,649
20111,385,6461.89%25,674
20101,359,9721.86%24,775
20091,335,1971.85%24,289
20081,310,9081.86%23,913
20071,286,9951.86%23,445
20061,263,5501.25%15,582
20051,247,9680.65%8,031
20041,239,9370.65%8,001
20031,231,9360.65%7,939
20021,223,9970.65%7,887
20011,216,1100.86%10,392
20001,205,7181.08%12,870
19991,192,8481.08%12,714
19981,180,1341.08%12,580
19971,167,5541.08%12,428
19961,155,1261.54%17,495
19951,137,6311.99%22,250
19941,115,3811.99%21,814
19931,093,5671.99%21,359
19921,072,2082.00%20,999
19911,051,2091.25%12,947
19901,038,2620.51%5,252
19891,033,0100.51%5,220
19881,027,7900.51%5,207
19871,022,5830.51%5,174
19861,017,4090.51%5,148
19851,012,2610.51%5,114
19841,007,1470.51%5,103
19831,002,0440.51%5,070
1982996,9740.51%5,044
1981991,9300.03%249
1980991,681-0.46%-4,536
1979996,217-0.45%-4,550
19781,000,767-0.45%-4,571
19771,005,338-0.45%-4,586
19761,009,924-0.46%-4,619
19751,014,543-0.45%-4,634
19741,019,177-0.45%-4,655
19731,023,832-0.45%-4,670
19721,028,502-0.46%-4,705
19711,033,207-5.72%-62,640
19701,095,8471.45%15,632
19691,080,2151.45%15,388
19681,064,8271.45%15,210
19671,049,6171.45%14,972
19661,034,6453.17%31,833
19651,002,8124.91%46,973
1964955,8394.93%44,893
1963910,9464.92%42,728
1962868,2184.92%40,723
1961827,4952.85%22,900
1960804,5950.83%6,597
1959797,9980.83%6,534
1958791,4640.83%6,481
1957784,9830.82%6,418
1956778,5650.83%6,384
1955772,1810.83%6,322
1954765,8590.83%6,271
1953759,5880.82%6,211
1952753,3770.83%6,177
1951747,2000.83%6,118
1950741,0820.00%

Stockholm Population Data (Urban Area)

Other Cities in Sweden

  1. Statistics Sweden - Sweden population data and statistics
  2. City of Stockholm - Official website of the City of Stockholm
  3. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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