Sweden is a sparsely populated country overall, but there is still a shortage of housing in many municipalities. The availability of housing is smaller in the urban centres than in rural areas. It is common for people to live in one municipality and work in another. Most municipalities have good public transport systems that make commuting to work possible.
The population of Sweden
About 10 million people live in Sweden today. Of these about 3.5 million live in and around the country's three biggest cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Almost a fifth of the population were born abroad or have parents who are both from another country. Swedish is the main official language; Sami, Finnish, Meänkieli, Romani and Yiddisch are official minority languages.