The main purpose of the survey is to produce statistics on the urbanisation rate. A locality consists of a group of buildings normally not more than 200 metres apart from each other, and must fulfil a minimum criterion of having at least 200 inhabitants. Delimitation of localities is made by Statistics Sweden every five years.
The statistics provide figures regarding areas, population and urban structures of localities.
- Delimitation of localities has been done for the years 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990 and 1980.
- Geodata including polygons is available for purchase.
The table Residential buildings, age by ten years interval, by localities has been corrected concerning names and municipality codes.
In 2010 there were 7 145 000 buildings in Sweden. Of these, 3 530 000 were situated in localities that comprise 49 percent of total developed land in the country. Urban land development accounts for a land area of 53 000 hectares, which equals nine times the area of Manhattan, New York. The total area for developed land in Sweden is 93 000 hectares.
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