International newcomers key to Skellefteå's growth

Skellefteå municipality's population at the end of 2023 was 76,514.
Skellefteå municipality's population at the end of 2023 was 76,514.

As of the turn of the year, Skellefteå municipality had 76,514 inhabitants, according to Skatteverket (the Swedish Tax Agency). This represents a growth of 2,112 inhabitants, a third from overseas, during 2023. "We had hoped for 2,000. We have never grown so much. It has been a fantastic year in that respect," says municipal director Kristina Sundin Jonsson to Norran.

Skellefteå 4 januari 2024 16:10

Skellefteå municipality receives statistics from the Swedish Tax Agency at the beginning of each week.

The latest figures show that there were 76,514 inhabitants in Skellefteå municipality at the turn of the year. This means that the population growth since the middle of 2023 was 1,201 inhabitants, compared to an increase of 1,009 people for the whole  of 2022.

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Skellefteå municipality's population at the end of 2023 was 76,514.

The official statistics will come from Statistics Sweden in February.

– We have compared the figures before and the difference is usually marginal, explains Sundin Jonsson.

According to the analysis, two-thirds of the increase has come from migration from other parts of Sweden.

– In addition, a third of those who have moved in have come from other parts of the world," says Sundin Jonsson, who sees continued high immigration through 2024.

– We need them. We have no unemployment. The big industries are still hiring, and the social sector with health, education and care services is also hiring, she notes.

The cut-off date for a new resident's tax revenue to go to the new municipality is November 1 each year. With an amount between 60,000 and 80,000 kronors per new resident, this means an addition of more than 100 million kronor to the municipality's coffers.

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"We need the influx," says municipal director Kristina Sundin Jonsson.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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