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Households' housing 2016:

More households in multi-dwelling buildings

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2017-04-20 9.30

More households in Sweden live in multi-dwelling buildings than in one- or two-dwelling buildings. In 2016, 48 percent of Sweden’s households lived in multi-dwelling buildings, and 45 percent lived in one- or two-dwelling buildings. Other households lived, for example, in special housing, which can consist of student housing or housing for the elderly.

If persons rather than households are counted, the proportions are reversed: 53 percent of Sweden’s population live in one- or two-dwelling buildings, and 41 percent live in multi-dwelling buildings, because households living in one- or two-dwelling buildings are, on average, larger than households living in multi-dwelling buildings. Households living in one- or two-dwelling buildings comprise on average 2.6 persons, and households living in multi-dwelling buildings comprise on average 1.9 persons.

Despite a larger proportion of households in multi-dwelling buildings than in one- or two-dwelling buildings, this is not how it looks in most of Sweden’s municipalities. In 82 percent of Sweden’s 290 municipalities, more than half of the households live in one- or two-dwelling buildings, because, mainly in small municipalities, households predominantly live in one- or two-dwelling buildings. In large municipalities, on the other hand, there is a large predominance of households in multi-dwelling buildings. The three largest municipalities, Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö, account for one percent of municipalities, but one-fifth of all households.

Municipalities with the largest percentage of households in multi-dwelling buildings and one- or two-dwelling buildings. Percentage 2016
MunicipalityProportion of
households in
multi-dwelling
buildings
MunicipalityProportion of
households in
one- or two-dwelling
buildings
Solna 87 Öckerö 87
Sundbyberg 86 Ydre 87
Stockholm 81 Gagnef 87
Malmö 75 Tjörn 85
Göteborg 72 Essunga 84
Södertälje 62 Berg 84
Upplands Väsby 62 Färgelanda 83
Helsingborg 60 Mörbylånga 82
Botkyrka 59 Bjurholm 82
Järfälla 58 Ekerö 81

Definitions and explanations

The statistics are based on the Total Population Register and information on dwellings in the Dwellings Register.

A household consists of the persons who are registered at the same dwelling.

With regard to about 18 000 people, the link to housing is missing, which means that households cannot be created. These people are not included in the statistics on households.

One-to-two dwelling building refers to detached one- or two-dwelling buildings as well as semi-detached houses, terraced houses and link attached houses.

Multi-dwelling building refers to residential buildings with three or more apartments including housing with balcony access.

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The next press release in this series is scheduled for publishing in the spring 2018.

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