Lowest Population Increase in 17 Years in Sweden

Sweden’s population saw its lowest growth rate in 17 years during the first half of 2023, according to the latest data from Statistics Sweden (SCB). The population increased by 23,800 individuals, a decrease of 11,800 compared to the same period in 2022, marking the smallest increase since 2005.

The decline in population growth is attributed to higher emigration rates and fewer births. A drop in the birth surplus, along with reduced late-reported immigrations, contributed to the subdued growth.

Births during the first six months of 2023 numbered 51,600, the lowest in two decades. In contrast, 47,000 individuals passed away during the same period, indicating a decline of 230 compared to the previous year.

Emigration and immigration trends also played a role. Immigrations totaled 41,700 people, down by 393 from the first half of 2022. Emigration, on the other hand, saw an increase of 5,000 individuals, with 26,400 people leaving the country.

Population changes varied across municipalities, with 128 of 290 experiencing growth and 161 facing declines. Gothenburg recorded the largest increase of 4,300 individuals, while Dorotea regained its title as the least populated municipality.

These demographic shifts point to evolving dynamics in Sweden’s population landscape, raising questions about future trends and societal implications. For more detailed insights, refer to the official report from SCB.