Population

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and it is the fastest-growing of the three major cities in Sweden. The populaiton growth can be explained by a large number of births, a low number of deaths and an increased amount of people moving to the city.

Malmö has a young population, nearly half of which is under the age of 35.

There are people from 183 different countries living in Malmö.

Residents in Malmö as of 31 December 2021
351,749

Population growth

There are 351,749 residents living in Malmö (31 December 2021). It is the fastest growing large city in Sweden. In 2021 the population increased by 3,800 new Malmö residents (1.1 %). The high number of births are responsible for the greater part of the population increase. Malmö accounted for about 36 per cent of the population increase in Skåne from 1990-2021.

4,000
approximate annual increase.

Age structure

Malmö has a young population. Roughly half of Malmö residents are under the age of 35 (48%). 21 per cent are under 18 years old and 19 per cent are between 25 and 34 years old. 4,894 children were born in Malmö in 2021.

48%
are under the age of 35

Migration pattern

People of all ages are moving both to and from Malmö. Migration between larger cities in general and the rest of the country has a clear pattern, where the migration patterns vary in size for different age groups. The largest influx takes place in the age group of 20-25 years. Parents ages 30-45 account for the greatest share of people moving to another municipality. They often settle in municipalities within a commuting distance. Their children often move back to Malmö when they grow older. The domestic migration pattern in Malmö does not differ greatly from the other large cities, Göteborg and Stockholm.

The age group accounting for the greatest influx of people
20-25

Origin of the population

People from 183 different countries live in Malmö (2021). Roughly one-third of Malmö's residents were born in another country. The percentage of residents born abroad has increased in the country as a whole. There are more people born in other countries living in the large cities in comparison with the rest of the country. About one-fourth of the residents in Stockholm and Göteborg were born abroad.

183
nationalities

Population forecast

Each year, the City of Malmö provides a population forecast for the next ten years. It is an important tool for the planning for Malmö's future. The 2022 population forecast shows, among other things, that the number of Malmö residents is expected to increase by about 47,000 new residents by 2032.

Expected population increase in 2022
4,100

The most common countries of origin

People from 183 different countries live in Malmö. Among those born outside Sweden, the most common group comes from Iraq. In 2021 there were 11,675 Iraqis living in Malmö.

Other common countries of origin of Malmö residents are Syria (8,669), Denmark (7,485) Yugoslavia (7,257), Poland (6,619) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (6,374). Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iran are each represented by approximately 4,000 - 5,000 residents.

Country of birth normally refers to the state-law relationship that prevailed at the time of birth, but the information may have changed afterwards for humanitarian reasons.

11,675
persons born in Iraq.