Sweden: Total Population, by year
in millions
  • Region: Sweden
  • Time period: 2000 to 2023
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Population Growth from 2000 to 2023

Sweden's population increased from 8.88 million in 2000 to 10.55 million in 2023, marking a significant growth of 1.67 million inhabitants over 23 years. The steady rise underscores Sweden's consistent population growth trend, highlighting an average annual increase of approximately 72,608 inhabitants.

Acceleration in Population Growth Rate

The population growth rate accelerated in the most recent years, with an addition of 0.03 million inhabitants from 2022 to 2023, compared to a slower increase of 0.02 million inhabitants from 2000 to 2001. This acceleration suggests Sweden has experienced not only steady growth but also a slight increase in the pace at which its population is expanding.

Consistent Growth Since 2000

Sweden has seen a consistent increase in its population every year since 2000, with no year showing a stagnation or decline in the number of inhabitants. This pattern of unbroken growth underscores the country's ability to sustain and support a growing population through its social and economic policies.

Decade Comparison

Comparing the first and last complete decades within this dataset, the population grew by 0.12 million from 2001 to 2010, while from 2013 to 2022, it grew by a larger margin of 0.88 million. This comparison illustrates a significant increase in the population growth rate in the more recent decade.

Largest Year-on-Year Increases

The largest year-on-year increase occurred between 2015 and 2016, with the population growing by 0.15 million inhabitants. This spike represents the highest single-year growth within the dataset, highlighting a period of particularly rapid population expansion.

Growth Consistency Across Two Decades

The population growth has been remarkably consistent across the last two decades, with the number of inhabitants increasing every year. This consistency demonstrates Sweden's stable and attractive living conditions, contributing to natural population growth and immigration.

Smallest Growth Periods

The smallest increases in population were observed in the early 2000s, specifically between 2002 and 2003, and again between 2003 and 2004, each with a growth of just 0.03 million inhabitants. These periods reflect the slowest pace of population growth, possibly due to lower birth rates or immigration levels at that time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the total population growth in Sweden from 2000 to 2023?

Sweden's population increased by 1.67 million inhabitants from 2000 to 2023.

When did the smallest increases in Sweden's population occur?

The smallest increases occurred in the early 2000s, specifically between 2002-2003 and 2003-2004, each with a growth of just 0.03 million inhabitants.

Terms and Definitions

Total population refers to the total count of individuals living in a particular area at a specific time. This term encompasses all individuals, regardless of their demographic characteristics such as age, gender, ethnicity, or other social indicators.

A census is an official systematic count of the population usually performed by a government. It gathers information about residents for various statistical and planning purposes. Details often include the population's characteristics in terms of age, sex, occupation, and residence.

Demography refers to a scientific study that primarily deals with statistics such as births, deaths, income, and the incidence of disease, which illustrate the altering structure of human populations.

The population growth rate determines the rate at which a population is increasing (or decreasing) in a given period, typically expressed as a percentage of the population number. This rate takes into account both the natural increase (births minus deaths) and net migration (immigration minus emigration).

Migration is the process by which people move from one place to another with the intention of settling, either permanently or temporarily, in a new location. It can be intra-country (within the same country) or inter-country (to a different country).

Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship, primarily with the objective of residing permanently and often for better economic opportunities.

Emigration involves moving away from one's native country or region to settle in another. It is the opposite of immigration, which involves coming to live in a new country or region.

The birth rate is a demographic measure that presents the number of live births per thousand of the population per year.

Often measured per thousand persons per year, the death rate represents the number of deaths occurring during a particular time period. It is also known as the mortality rate.
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