List of cities in Sweden

This is a list of towns with former city status in Sweden (Swedish: stad, plural städer). The year indicates the year they were established or when they were granted a royal charter.

Legally and administratively, the term "city" is no longer used in Sweden, as the only existing form of local government is the municipality (kommun). However, before the municipal reform of 1971, there were 132 municipalities with the title of a city. Today the term is normally used describing greater localities, most of them former administrative cities.

Thirteen of the 290 municipalities prefer to use the term stad when it is possible: Borås Municipality, Gothenburg Municipality, Haparanda Municipality, Helsingborg Municipality, Lidingö Municipality, Malmö Municipality, Mölndal Municipality, Solna Municipality, Stockholm Municipality, Sundbyberg Municipality, Trollhättan Municipality, Vaxholm Municipality, and Västerås Municipality. These are decisions made by the municipalities themselves, and in legal situations they shall use the official name with kommun (municipality). Also, governmental authorities refer to them by their legal names.

Alphabetical order

Chronological order

For most of the medieval cities, the exact year of city rights is not established.
  1. Skara (988)
  2. Lund (990)
  3. Sigtuna (990)
  4. Västerås (990)
  5. Södertälje (1000)
  6. Visby (1000)
  7. Helsingborg (1085)
  8. Kalmar (1100)
  9. Kungälv (1100)
  10. Varberg (1100)
  11. Nyköping (1187)
  12. Arboga (1200s)
  13. Falköping (1200)
  14. Falsterbo (1200) 1)
  15. Halmstad (1200)
  16. Laholm (1200)
  17. Marstrand (1200)
  18. Skanör (1200) 1)
  19. Skänninge (1200)
  20. Söderköping (1200)
  21. Trelleborg (1200)
  22. Västervik (1200)
  23. Ystad (1200)
  24. Örebro (1200)
  25. Malmö (1250)
  26. Stockholm (1250)
  27. Jönköping (1284)
  28. Uppsala (1286)
  29. Linköping (1287)
  30. Enköping (1300)
  31. Simrishamn (1300)
  32. Trosa (1300)
  33. Östhammar (1300)
  34. Torshälla (1317)
  35. Strängnäs (1336)
  36. Växjö (1342)
  37. Norrköping (1384)
  38. Ronneby (1387-1680, again 1882)
  39. Eksjö (1400)
  40. Hjo (1400)
  41. Kungsbacka (1400)
  42. Skövde (1400)
  43. Ulricehamn (1400)
  44. Vadstena (1400)
  45. Vimmerby (1400)
  46. Landskrona (1413)
  47. Sölvesborg (1445)
  48. Gävle (before 1446)
  49. Hedemora (before 1446)
  50. Lidköping (1446)
  51. Köping (1474)
  52. Öregrund (1491)
  53. Uddevalla (1498)
  54. Ängelholm (1516)
  55. Falkenberg (1558)
  56. Hudiksvall (1582)
  57. Kristinehamn (1582-1584, again 1642)
  58. Mariestad (1583)
  59. Karlstad (1584)
  60. Härnösand (1585)
  61. Mariefred (1605)
  62. Filipstad (1611)
  63. Alingsås (1619)
  64. Gothenburg (1619)
  65. Söderhamn (1620)
  66. Luleå (1621)
  67. Piteå (1621)
  68. Borås (1622)
  69. Kristianstad (1622)
  70. Norrtälje (1622)
  71. Umeå (1622)
  72. Sala (1624)
  73. Sundsvall (1624)
  74. Avesta (1641-1686, again 1919)
  75. Falun (1641)
  76. Säter (1642)
  77. Askersund (1643)
  78. Lindesberg (1643)
  79. Nora (1643)
  80. Åmål (1643)
  81. Vänersborg (1644)
  82. Gränna (1652)
  83. Vaxholm (1652)
  84. Eskilstuna (1659)
  85. Karlshamn (1664)
  86. Strömstad (1672)
  87. Karlskrona (1680)
  88. Östersund (1786)
  89. Borgholm (1816)
  90. Skellefteå (1845)
  91. Haparanda (1848)
  92. Oskarshamn (1856)
  93. Motala (1881)
  94. Örnsköldsvik (1894)
  95. Lysekil (1903)
  96. Tidaholm (1910)
  97. Arvika (1911)
  98. Eslöv (1911)
  99. Huskvarna (1911)
  100. Djursholm (1914)
  101. Hässleholm (1914)
  102. Nässjö (1914)
  103. Trollhättan (1916)
  104. Katrineholm (1917)
  105. Sollefteå (1917)
  106. Boden (1919)
  107. Ludvika (1919)
  108. Tranås (1919)
  109. Vetlanda (1920)
  110. Värnamo (1920)
  111. Mjölby (1922)
  112. Mölndal (1922)
  113. Lidingö (1926)
  114. Sundbyberg (1927)
  115. Nybro (1932)
  116. Höganäs (1936)
  117. Ljungby (1936)
  118. Karlskoga (1940)
  119. Bollnäs (1942)
  120. Kumla (1942)
  121. Sandviken (1943)
  122. Solna (1943)
  123. Borlänge (1944)
  124. Fagersta (1944)
  125. Lycksele (1946)
  126. Nynäshamn (1946)
  127. Kramfors (1947)
  128. Sävsjö (1947)
  129. Kiruna (1948)
  130. Flen (1949)
  131. Nacka (1949)
  132. Hagfors (1950)
  133. Oxelösund (1950)
  134. Säffle (1951)

Notes

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

Today

Most of the former administrative cities are today localities (tätorter) and seats of municipalities.

A number of suburban cities have grown togehter with neighbours and are nowadays seldom considered as separate cities: The following are not seats of municipalities:

See also

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The status of city (stad) in Sweden was granted by a Royal Charter until it was abolished in 1971. The privilege meant that the city independently could pursue trade. The legal term was abolished in 1971, in favour of the municipalities, or kommuner.
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A Royal Charter is a charter granted by the Sovereign on the advice of the privy council, to legitimize an incorporated body, such as a city, company, university or such.
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County Västra Götaland County
Province Västergötland
Seat Borås

Area
 • Total area
 • Land area 117th of 290
915.
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County Västra Götaland County
Province Västergötland, Bohuslän
Seat Gothenburg

Area
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 • Land area 184th of 290
448 km

Population
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County Norrbotten County
Province Lappland
Seat Haparanda
Haparanda in northern Sweden

Area
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 • Land area 114th of 290
927 km

Population
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County Skåne County
Province Scania
Seat Helsingborg

Area
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 • Land area 227th of 290
347.23 km
346.
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County Stockholm County
Province Uppland
Seat Lidingö

Location of Lidingö Municipality adjacent to Stockholm

Area
 • Total area
 • Land area 285th of 290
30.
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County Skåne County
Province Scania (Skåne)
Seat Malmö

Area
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 • Land area 262nd of 290
156.46 km
155.
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Mölndal Municipality (Kommun)

Mölndal in south-western V. G. County in Sweden

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Seat Mölndal

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County Stockholm County
Province Uppland
Seat Solna

Solna municipality in
Stockholm County

Area
 • Total area
 • Land area 288th of 290
19.
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County Stockholm County
Province Uppland
Södermanland
Seat Stockholm

Area
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 • Land area 252nd of 290
187.
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County Stockholm County
Province Uppland
Seat Sundbyberg (part of Stockholm urban area

Sundbyberg municipality in the county

Area
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 • Land area 290th of 290
8.
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County Västra Götaland
Province Västergötland
Seat Trollhättan

Area
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 • Land area 197th of 290
412 km

Population
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42nd of 290
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County Stockholm County
Province Uppland
Seat Vaxholm

Vaxholm in the county

Area
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 • Land area 277th of 290
58 km

Population
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County Västmanland County
Province Västmanland
Seat Västerås

Area
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 • Land area 108th of 290
962.
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Alingsås is a city (pop. 35,000) in western Sweden and the seat of Alingsås Municipality, Västra Götaland County.

Geographically the city is situated by the estuary of the small rivulet Säveån into lake Mjörn.
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16th century - 17th century - 18th century
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Arboga is a city in central Sweden and the seat of Arboga Municipality, Västmanland County.

The city of Arboga is known to have existed as a town since the late 1200s but the area has been inhabitated since the around the 900s.
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Centuries: 12nd century - 13rd century - 14th century

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Arvika is a town in the traditional province of Värmland, Sweden, and the seat of Arvika Municipality, Värmland County. It has a population of about 14,000 persons.

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20th century - 21st century
1880s  1890s  1900s  - 1910s -  1920s  1930s  1940s
1908 1909 1910 - 1911 - 1912 1913 1914

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Askersund is a town in the traditional province of Närke, Sweden and the seat of Askersund Municipality. It has a population of about 4,000.

Geography

The city is located in the northern bay of Lake Vättern.

The town Askersund traces its origin from the 14th century.
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8th century - 9th century - 10th century
850s  860s  870s  - 880s -  890s  900s  910s
885 886 887 - 888 - 889 890 891

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Not to be confused with Alvesta in Kronoberg County, Sweden.

Avesta is a town with 15,000 inhabitants in the traditional province Dalarna, Sweden and the seat of Avesta Municipality, Dalarna County.
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8th century - 9th century - 10th century
850s  860s  870s  - 880s -  890s  900s  910s
885 886 887 - 888 - 889 890 891

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1916 1917 1918 - 1919 - 1920 1921 1922

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Boden Municipality (Kommun)
Boden Municipality and seat

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Seat Boden

County Norrbotten County
Province Norrbotten
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