List of metropolitan areas in Sweden
Sweden has three metropolitan areas consisting of the areas surrounding the three largest cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. The statistics have been retrieved from Statistics Sweden and the statistics released November 10, 2014. The official Land Area for each municipality have also been retrieved from Statistics Sweden (February 24, 2014).
Metropolitan Stockholm (also known as Greater Stockholm or, in Swedish, Storstockholm), is a metropolitan area surrounding the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Since 2005, Metropolitan Stockholm is defined by official Swedish Statistics as all of Stockholm County. It is the largest of the three metropolitan areas in Sweden.
Metropolitan Stockholm is divided into 5 areas: Stockholm City Centre, Söderort, Västerort of Stockholm Municipality; and the northern suburbs and southern suburbs, which consists of several municipalities.
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Metropolitan Gothenburg (Storgöteborg or literally Greater Gothenburg), is a metropolitan area surrounding the city of Gothenburg in Sweden. The metropolitan region is located in Västra Götaland County, except for the municipality of Kungsbacka, which is located to the south in Halland County. As of 2005, the municipalities of Alingsås and Lilla Edet were added to the region. The region is often used for statistical measures, and estimates in the 1960s predicted that the region would have about one million inhabitants in the year 2000. The region is the second largest metropolitan area in Sweden after Metropolitan Stockholm.
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Metropolitan Malmö (Stormalmö or literally Greater Malmö) is a statistical area within Sweden. Its borders are drawn up by the Swedish Statistical Institute, SCB without any local ties to the included municipalities. Unlike Gothenburg and Stockholm, isn't Malmö City located in its centre, which is partly explained by the closeness to the sea both in the south and the west. But the current area includes some municipalities far away from Malmö, which appear to have been added for no other reason than dilution of the very high population density which exist in entire Western Scania, and the locally more well-known Malmö-Lund conglomerate - or the Scanian Öresund area. In other words the population along the Scanian arteries, which comprice the E6 motorway from Trelleborg to Ängelholm and further to Gothenburg and Norway, together with the electrified dual track railway from Denmark through and under Malmö City up to Helsingborg, via Lund and Landskrona (and which should continue to Ängelholm and further to Gothenburg, but which ends as dual track at Helsingborg)
But the SCB area encompasses the south-eastern part of the Scanian Öresund Region. The metropolitan area surrounding the cities of Malmö and Lund in the southernmost part of Sweden are usually denoted as Southwestern Scania (Sydvästra Skåne), more seldom or never, Metropolitan Malmö.
Since the 1970s, improved motorways, dual carriageways and so called 2+1 roads, together with the local to semi-regional train system known as Pågatåg together with the inter-regional Öresund's train have to a certain extent meant that commuting area has grown to include Ystad, Skurup, Sjöbo, Eslöv, Höör, Landskrona and Helsingborg. It's not uncommon to live in Malmö and work either in Ystad or Helsingborg, or vice versa.
However the money spend on Scanian transport system does not answer to the large population of the entire province. Good examples of this are the already mentioned single track north of Helsingborg, the lack of motorway the entire way between Malmö and Kristianstad (the two settlements which shares the regional political and admistational matters of the province), only two railway tracks between Malmö and Lund, where four Pågatåg train lines and three Öresund train lines today share the only tracks with inter-city train, express-train and goods-train. It's the most busy railway part in Sweden. And building infrastructure in Scania is very cheap, since the stone free soil of boulder clay cover all cliffs and the slopes in the landscape is flat or wavy. Due to all the international lorries, must the E6 motorway also be widened to six lanes (this work has began but stopped again). The Swedish road authority has been merged with the railway authority, and they has not meassured the increase of traffic on the motorways in Scania for decades.
In 2006 the municipalities of Eslöv, Höör and Skurup were added to the area of Metropolitan Malmö. Prior to that adding, had the Malmö-Lund area the highest population density in Sweden.
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- SCB Statistics Sweden – Definition of Metropolitan Areas in Sweden published in 2005
- SCB Statistics Sweden - Population Statistics published November 10, 2014 (only available in Swedish)
- SCB Statistics Sweden - Official Land Area per Municipality, retrieved February 24, 2014 (only available in Swedish)
- SCB Statistics Sweden – Regional Divisions in Sweden published in 2005