Sweden - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Sweden was 8,513,120 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 8,513,120 in 2016 and a minimum value of 5,425,627 in 1960.

Definition: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on the United Nations Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects.

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Year Value
1960 5,425,627
1961 5,511,783
1962 5,616,067
1963 5,720,204
1964 5,834,351
1965 5,959,398
1966 6,083,367
1967 6,194,186
1968 6,291,760
1969 6,397,326
1970 6,517,403
1971 6,605,244
1972 6,651,027
1973 6,688,293
1974 6,733,350
1975 6,777,603
1976 6,808,217
1977 6,838,299
1978 6,864,113
1979 6,885,080
1980 6,904,971
1981 6,914,338
1982 6,918,294
1983 6,921,426
1984 6,927,719
1985 6,939,171
1986 6,955,328
1987 6,978,575
1988 7,010,722
1989 7,057,653
1990 7,112,392
1991 7,170,001
1992 7,225,787
1993 7,281,393
1994 7,346,937
1995 7,399,093
1996 7,418,835
1997 7,425,561
1998 7,432,163
1999 7,440,437
2000 7,454,878
2001 7,478,923
2002 7,508,835
2003 7,542,470
2004 7,577,769
2005 7,613,645
2006 7,666,670
2007 7,738,188
2008 7,813,274
2009 7,894,625
2010 7,976,659
2011 8,051,674
2012 8,126,023
2013 8,209,668
2014 8,306,173
2015 8,409,171
2016 8,513,120

Development Relevance: Explosive growth of cities globally signifies the demographic transition from rural to urban, and is associated with shifts from an agriculture-based economy to mass industry, technology, and service. In principle, cities offer a more favorable setting for the resolution of social and environmental problems than rural areas. Cities generate jobs and income, and deliver education, health care and other services. Cities also present opportunities for social mobilization and women's empowerment.

Limitations and Exceptions: Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverage. There is no consistent and universally accepted standard for distinguishing urban from rural areas, in part because of the wide variety of situations across countries. Most countries use an urban classification related to the size or characteristics of settlements. Some define urban areas based on the presence of certain infrastructure and services. And other countries designate urban areas based on administrative arrangements. Because of national differences in the characteristics that distinguish urban from rural areas, the distinction between urban and rural population is not amenable to a single definition that would be applicable to all countries. Estimates of the world's urban population would change significantly if China, India, and a few other populous nations were to change their definition of urban centers. Because the estimates of city and metropolitan area are based on national definitions of what constitutes a city or metropolitan area, cross-country comparisons should be made with caution.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. The indicator is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. To estimate urban populations, UN ratios of urban to total population were applied to the World Bank's estimates of total population. Countries differ in the way they classify population as "urban" or "rural." The population of a city or metropolitan area depends on the boundaries chosen.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Density & urbanization