From 1980 to 2005, the increase was almost always between 10,000 and 20,000 per year, but in 2006 the pace increased dramatically; in the last five years, the county's population has increased with about 163,000 inhabitants.

The city of Stockholm has had a somewhat less stable development curve. After steady growth Stockholm reached 603,000 inhabitants in 1960. Then there was a downturn that did not stabilize until 1981. But since then the city has demonstrated an increase each year. And in the last five years, the increase has been nothing but enormous―around 85,000 in five years!


The official population figures will not be published until February, but in round numbers, the city of Stockholm had 847,500 inhabitants and Stockholm County 2,053,000 on New Year's Eve. The strongest reason is a relatively young population with a record-high birth rate and high immigration. Labor migration from Eastern Europe, for example, is the largest immigration group from Poland.