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Completed new construction, Conversion and demolition of multi-dwelling buildings 2016 - definitive figures:

Number of completed dwellings in new construction increasing

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2017-05-04 9.30

Last year 42 441 newly built dwellings in total were completed. This is the highest number of dwellings completed in new construction since 1992, when 57 319 were completed.

The completed dwellings comprised 11 411 dwellings in one-or two-dwelling buildings, and 31 030 dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings. In addition, 3 399 dwellings were completed through conversion of existing multi-dwelling buildings. As a result, there was an increase of 45 840 dwellings in total in 2016.

Completed dwellings in new construction 1938–2016, Conversion of multi-dwelling buildings 1989-2016


One in three dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings in Stockholm

In 18 out of 21 counties in Sweden, more dwellings were completed in 2016 than in the previous year. The most dwellings were completed in Stockholm County, where one out of three of the completed dwellings could be found.

Örebro County had 8.4 dwellings per 1 000 inhabitants, which was the highest number completed dwellings per 1 000 inhabitants,. Dalarna County had fewest completed dwellings per 1 000 inhabitants, at 1.0 completed swelling per 1 000 inhabitants. The corresponding figure for the entire country was 4.2 completed dwellings per 1 000 inhabitants.

Construction by tenure

Most of the completed dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings were rented dwellings (54 percent). However, the distribution varies in different regions. In Greater Stockholm and Greater Göteborg. most dwellings were tenant-owned, while in Greater Malmö, 72 percent were rented dwellings.

Completed dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings by tenure, in percent
 Share of Tenant-
owned dwellings
Share of
Rented dwellings
Greater Stockholm 57 43
Greater Göteborg 63 37
Greater Malmö 28 72
Sweden excluding
metropolitan areas
36 64
Sweden 46 54

3 500 new dwellings for students

Out of 31 030 new dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings, 3 487 dwellings were classified as dwellings for students. This is the highest number of completed dwellings for students since 2002, when 4 037 dwellings were completed.

Conversion of multi-dwelling buildings

In addition to the 42 411 dwellings completed through new construction, 3 399 dwellings were completed through conversion of existing multi-dwelling buildings. About 80 percent of those dwellings came from premises that have been converted into dwellings, and about 10 percent from attics converted to dwellings.

Demolition of dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings

In 2016, demolition of 463 dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings was started.
This is the lowest number of demolished dwellings since the survey was first carried out in 1949. The majority (381) of the dwellings demolished in 2016 lay outside the metropolitan areas.

Demolition of dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings 1949–2016, number of dwellings


Definitions and explanations

A dwelling is a room or suite of rooms intended for private habitation.

One- or two-dwelling building means detached one- or two-dwelling buildings as well as semi-detached, row and linked buildings.

Multi-dwelling building means buildings with three or more apartments, including balcony access housing.

Conversion refers to the difference of dwellings added and removed through conversion or changes in usages of multi-dwelling buildings.

Next publishing will be

Preliminary Statistics for the first quarter 2017 will be published on 2017-05-18.

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