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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:12

Swedish Population reaches 10 million Friday January 20th 2017!!

Written by  SCCJ

Sweden’s population reaches a new milestone - 10 Million!!

 (日本語テキストは英語の後に続きます)

Currently, the population of Sweden increases by one person every four minutes! At the time of publishing of this article the population was 9,998,022 which means that the magic number 10 million was calculated to be reached on Friday January 20th, 2017!!

And at 7:47 on Friday January 20th, Swedish Time, the population counter at the official site Statistics Sweden passed 10,000,000 persons!! A historic moment for Sweden:

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 Click HERE to see the most recent number.

Statistics Sweden - the government bureau for the collection and dissemination of official statistics (in Swedish SCB)- has been gathering population data since 1749. At the time, Sweden was very scarcely populated with only 1,8 million people. Since then, apart from the occasional dip, the population has steadily grown, but the rate of increase has been far from linear lately; it has in fact picked up quite a lot of speed, counter to the tendency of other developed nations such as Japan. 

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There were about 6 million citizens in 1923 and 8 million in 1969. But then, around the turn of the millenium, somebody seemingly floored the accelerator. By 2004 the 9 million mark was reached, and now, only 13 years later, the Swedes are 10 million and counting. The prognosis is that the country will reach 11 million as early as 2024. After that, the rate of increase will slow down, but only a bit; Sweden will have 12 million inhabitants by 2040, if the prognosis proves to be correct. As far as Statistics Sweden is concerned, the population will continue to increase after that if the trends of today continue to hold.

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The reason behind the increase in population is two-fold: First of all, the nativity rate is higher than the mortality rate, very simply causing an increase in the population. At the same time, contributing greatly to the population rise, the number of people migrating to Sweden is larger than the number who are migrating from the country.

The nativity rate - 1,9 children per woman in 2014 - is among the highest in Europe and is ample evidence that the childleave and childcare systems in Sweden are proving their value. It’s now quite common that Swedish women choose to have a third child. The high number of migrants is first and foremost due to the rise in the number of refugees fleeing war-torn countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, but it also shows a trend towards increased labour migration from new member states in the European Union, as well as a growing number of foreign students in the country.

An increased population is generally viewed as a very positive trend in Sweden. It naturally means a larger market for goods and services, making the country even more attractive for investments by both domestic and foreign corporations, and an increased workforce, increasingly higher educated, can only mean that the country will continue to prosper in the long run.

And, in case somebody is worried about overcrowding, Sweden is nowhere in danger of reaching such a state for quite some time to come. Even with 10 million inhabitants, the population density comes around to an average of 22,2 people per square kilometre. In case you wonder how that stacks up with Japan, the number of people per square kilometre here is roughly 335. But to be honest, since the Japan archipelago consists of about 70% rather uninhabitable mountains, a more realistic figure would be 1,117 people per habitable square kilometre.

 

スウェーデンの人口が1,000万人を突破
現在、スウェーデンの人口は4分に1人増えています。
このままいけば、2017年1月20日に1,000万人を突破することになります!

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最新の人口統計はこちらをクリック! (テキストはスウェーデン語のみ)

 スウェーデン統計局(SCB)-SCBは1794年より国の正式な統計組織として人口統計を行ってきました。当時の人口はわずか180万人。以降、時折減少しつつも、人口は堅調に増え続け、最近では大幅な伸びを記録してきました。日本などの多くの先進国とは対照的な現象です。

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1923年の人口は約600万人、69年には訳800万人でした。しかし、ミレニアム以降、急速に増加し始めました。900万人を超えた2004年からわずか13年後の今、1,000万人を目前にしています。このまま2024年の1,100万人(予測)までは急速に増え、その後は若干、緩やかな勢いに転換し2040年には1,200万人になるといわれています。現在の傾向が続くのであればその後も人口は増えていくだろうと統計局は考えています。

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急激な人口増加の要因としては2点が挙げられます。①死亡率を上回る出生率、②スウェーデンを離れて他国へ移住していく数を上回る外国からの移民の数。

 2014年の出生率は1.9人でした。これは欧州諸国の中では高い数字であり、スウェーデンにおける育児関連の制度が整っていることを証明しています。最近では3人目の子供を望む女性も少なくありません。移民の内訳はイラク、アフガニスタンなど内戦から逃れてくる人々の他にもEUの新規加盟国からの移民もみられます。また、外国人留学生の数も増えています。

スウェーデンは人口の増加を肯定的な傾向として捉えています。モノやサービス市場の拡大、国内外の企業にとって投資先としての魅力強化、労働力の増加や教育の質の向上などが考えられ、将来的にも国の糧となるでしょう。

人口が1,000万人になったとしても、1km2における人口密度は平均22.2人です。とはいえ日本では335人なので、 人口密度の高まりによる飽和状態も当面は心配がいりません。(実際には、居住に適さない山脈地帯が国土の70%を占める日本では実際には1,117人といってもよいくらいです!)






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