Sundbyberg Municipality

Sundbyberg Municipality (Sundbybergs kommun or Sundbybergs stad) is a municipality in Stockholm County in east central Sweden, just north of the capital Stockholm. Sundbyberg is wholly within the Stockholm urban area and has a 100% urban population.

Sundbyberg Municipality

Sundbybergs kommun
Fountain on Sundbybergs torg (square) in Central Sundbyberg

Coat of arms
CountyStockholm County
  Total8.77 km2 (3.39 sq mi)
  Land8.67 km2 (3.35 sq mi)
  Water0.1 km2 (0.04 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
 (31 December 2018)[2]
  Density5,800/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
Municipal code0183
Density is calculated using land area only.

Sundbyberg was detached from Bromma (which since 1916 is in Stockholm Municipality) in 1888 as a market town (köping). It got the title of a city in 1927. In 1949 parts of Solna Municipality and Spånga (when the rest of Spånga was amalgamated into Stockholm) were added. A proposed merger with Solna in 1971 was never implemented, making Sundbyberg, with an area of 8.83 square kilometres (3.41 sq mi), the smallest municipality in Sweden, but also the most densely populated. The municipality prefers to call itself a city, which, however, has no legal significance.


Sundbyberg was for a long time only an area of small agriculture value and most of all used as a place to spend summer for rich families in the city. In 1863 almost the entire area was bought by Anders Petter Löfström, including Duvbo Estate, who began building houses there. In 1870 the first industrial plot was sold and from there the town did expand with railroad, houses, industries and community services of all kind. A. P. Löfström also donated to the municipality, all land for roads, streets, parks, school, church and other public areas.

Sundbyberg never became a suburb but a totally independent industrial town on its own.


The roughly 50,000 inhabitants live in about 17,000 apartments. The industrial policy of the municipality is to provide one job opportunity for every apartment, thus 17,000 jobs. So unlike other municipalities in Metropolitan Stockholm, Sundbyberg is not a bedroom suburb wherefrom people commute to Stockholm, but also a place commuted to from outside. In total, 12,000 commuters travel to or from Sundbyberg every day.


Population development

Population development in Sundbyberg Municipality 1970–2017
Year Population

Source: SCB - Folkmängd efter region och år.

Residents with a foreign background

On 31 December 2017 the number of people with a foreign background (persons born outside of Sweden or with two parents born outside of Sweden) was 20 229, or 40.93% of the population (49 424 on 31 December 2017). On 31 December 2002 the number of residents with a foreign background was (per the same definition) 8 531, or 25.24% of the population (33 797 on 31 December 2002).[3] On 31 December 2017 there were 49 424 residents in Sundbyberg, of which 14 954 people (30.26%) were born in a country other than Sweden. Divided by country in the table below - the Nordic countries as well as the 12 most common countries of birth outside of Sweden for Swedish residents have been included, with other countries of birth bundled together by continent by Statistics Sweden.[4]

Public transportation

Sundbyberg is well served by the Stockholm public transport system. There are several metro stations as well as one Stockholm commuter rail station and plenty of bus routes. Even some main line trains call at Sundbyberg. 1925-1959 Sundbyberg was served by trams. Light railway returned to Sundbyberg in October 2013 when Tvärbanan light rail service was extended from Sickla Udde via Alvik to Solna centrum. The line runs through Central Sundbyberg with tracks laid in the street and has two stops within the municipality. A northern light railway branch from Ulvsunda to Kista will pass through Rissne.[5] Construction is expected to start in 2017.


Sundbyberg Life

There are plenty of nice shops in the Central Sundbyberg area, which makes the little city a bit independent.


The following sports clubs are located in Sundbyberg:


Further reading

  • Sundbyberg Den nya Förstaden, H. Österberg,Sundbybergs Museum
  • Sundbyberg under Köpingtiden, H. Österberg,Sundbybergs Museum
  • Sundbyberg den 113:e Staden, H. Österberg,Sundbybergs Museum
  • Sundbyberg i Gamla Bilder, H. Österberg, Sundbybergs Museum
  • Sundbyberg bygger en Kyrka, H. Österberg, Sundbybergs Museum
  • Sundbyberg - om hus och miljöer, Eva Söderlind

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