List of cities in Sweden

This is a list of cities in modern Sweden that once enjoyed city privileges, thus were entitled to call themselves town (Swedish: stad, plural städer). The year indicates the year they were established or when they were granted a royal charter. The list does not include towns in Finland established during Swedish rule.

Overview

Legally and administratively, the term stad is not used in Sweden since the municipal reform of 1971, when the municipality (kommun) became only existing form of local government. Before the reform there were 132 urban centres that had the title of stad.

The urban centres of these municipalities are still called stad in daily speech and 14 of the municipalities have chosen to continue to call themselves stad in marketing situation, although several of them now encompass large rural areas following the merger of Swedish municipalities in the 1970s and 1980s. These 14 are: Borås Municipality, Gothenburg Municipality, Haparanda Municipality, Helsingborg Municipality, Landskrona Municipality, Lidingö Municipality, Malmö Municipality, Mölndal Municipality, Solna Municipality, Stockholm Municipality, Sundbyberg Municipality, Trollhättan Municipality, Vaxholm Municipality and Västerås Municipality.

The decision to call themselves stad has been taken purely for image/marketing reasons. In legal situations the word kommun (municipality) must be included in the municipality's name and governmental authorities will only refer to them by their legal names.

List

City Charter
Alingsås1619
Åmål1643
Ängelholm1516
Arboga1200
Arvika1911
Askersund1643
Avesta1641–1686, 1919
Boden1919
Bollnäs1942
Borgholm1816
Borlänge1944
Borås1622
Djursholm1914
Eksjö1400
Enköping1300
Eskilstuna1659
Eslöv1911
Fagersta1944
Falkenberg1558
Falköping1200
Falsterbo1200
Falun1651
Filipstad1611
Flen1949
Gothenburg1619
Gränna1652
Gävle1446 (before)
Hagfors1950
Halmstad1200
Haparanda1848
Hedemora1446 (before)
Helsingborg1085
Hjo1400
Hudiksvall1582
Huskvarna1911
Härnösand1585
Hässleholm1914
Höganäs1936
Jönköping1284
Kalmar1100
Karlshamn1664
Karlskoga1940
Karlskrona1680
Karlstad1584
Katrineholm1917
Kiruna1948
Kramfors1947
Kristianstad1622
Kristinehamn1582–1584, 1642
Kumla1942
Kungsbacka1400
Kungälv1100
Köping1474
Laholm1200
Landskrona1413
Lidingö1926
Lidköping1446
Lindesberg1643
Linköping1287
Ljungby1936
Ludvika1919
Luleå1621
Lund990
Lycksele1946
Lysekil1903
Malmö1250
Mariefred1605
Mariestad1583
Marstrand1200
Mjölby1922
Motala1881
Nacka1949
Nora1643
Norrköping1384
Norrtälje1622
Nybro1932
Nyköping1187
Nynäshamn1946
Nässjö1914
Örebro1200
Öregrund1491
Örnsköldsvik1894
Oskarshamn1856
Östersund1786
Östhammar1300
Oxelösund1950
Piteå1621
Ronneby1387–1680, 1882
Sala1624
Sandviken1943
Sigtuna980
Simrishamn1300
Skanör1200
Skanör med Falsterbo1754
Skara988
Skellefteå1845
Skänninge1200
Skövde1400
Sollefteå1917
Solna1943
Stockholm1250
Strängnäs1336
Strömstad1672
Sundbyberg1927
Sundsvall1624
Säffle1951
Säter1642
Sävsjö1947
Söderhamn1620
Söderköping1200
Södertälje1000
Sölvesborg1445
Tidaholm1910
Torshälla1317
Tranås1919
Trelleborg1200
Trollhättan1916
Trosa1300
Uddevalla1498
Ulricehamn1400
Umeå1622
Uppsala1286
Vadstena1400
Varberg1100
Vaxholm1652
Vetlanda1920
Vimmerby1400
Visby1000
Vänersborg1644
Värnamo1920
Västervik1200
Västerås990
Växjö1342
Ystad1200

Notes

  1. ^ Skanör and Falsterbo were joined together in 1754 by the name Skanör med Falsterbo and has been considered as 'one town ever since.

Today

Most of the former towns are today urban centres (tätorter) and seats of their municipalities.

A number of suburban towns have grown together with neighbours and are nowadays seldom considered as separate towns:

The following are not seats of their municipalities:

See also

References

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