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Households' housing 2018

One- or two-dwelling buildings more common in small municipalities

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2019-04-25 9.30

More households in Sweden live in multi-dwelling buildings than in one- or two-dwelling buildings. In 2018, just over 48 percent of households lived in multi-dwelling buildings and 44 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.

The proportion of various housing varies among municipalities. In 81 percent of Sweden’s 290 municipalities, more than half of the households live in one- or two-dwelling buildings, despite the fact that the share of households in multi-dwelling buildings is greater than the share of those living in one- or two-dwelling buildings. This is mainly because, in terms of population, small municipalities have predominantly households in one- or two-dwelling buildings.

Municipalities with largest share of households in one- or two-dwelling buildings and the number of households in the municipality. Percentage 2018
Municipality Total share of households in one- or two-dwelling buildings Number of households in the municipality
Gagnef 86.3 4 500
Ydre 85.9 1 700
Öckerö 85.3 5 000
Färgelanda 83.0 3 100
Berg 82.7 3 400
Essunga 82.5 2 600
Tjörn 81.9 7 000
Bjurholm 81.7 1 100
Mörbylånga 81.6 6 600
Högsby 81.2 2 800

Municipalities with a large predominance of multi-dwelling buildings are larger in terms of population than municipalities with predominantly households in one- or two-dwelling buildings. Sweden three largest municipalities in terms of population, Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö, are among the ten municipalities with the largest share of households in multi-dwelling buildings.

Municipalities with the largest share of households in multi-dwelling buildings and the number of households in the municipality. Percentage 2018
Municipality Share of households in multi-dwelling buildings Number of households in the municipality
Solna 86.6 39 900
Sundbyberg 86.1 23 400
Stockholm 81.5 453 000
Malmö 75.4 156 300
Göteborg 71.9 267 000
Upplands Väsby 61.7 19 100
Södertälje 61.4 40 800
Helsingborg 60.0 66 600
Järfälla 59.2 32 400
Botkyrka 59.2 35 100

In multi-dwelling buildings, households most often live in rented dwellings, followed by owner-occupied dwellings. There are also major differences between municipalities. In Täby and Vallentuna municipalities, more than 90 percent of households in multi-dwelling buildings live in owner-occupied dwellings, while in some municipalities there are not owner-occupied dwellings at all. The two largest municipalities, Stockholm and Göteborg, stand out, as about 63 percent of households in multi-dwelling buildings in Göteborg rent their housing, while the corresponding share in Stockholm is 44 percent.

Among one- or two-dwelling buildings, private ownership is by far the most common and 8 percent of households in one- or two-dwelling buildings have rented dwellings or owner-occupied dwellings.

Definitions and explanations

The statistics are based on the Total Population Register and information dwellings in Statistics Sweden’s register on dwelling stock.

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

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

One- or two-dwelling buildings with ownership rights refer to dwellings owned by natural persons or estates of deceased persons.

Multi-dwelling buildings with owner-occupied apartments refer to apartments owned by tenant-owned associations or housing associations. Owner-occupied apartments also include persons who rent their apartment from the tenant-owners’ association or from the owner of the apartment.

Multi-dwelling buildings and other buildings that are rented dwellings refer to dwellings that are not condominiums and are owned by owners other than tenant-owner associations.

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