Record Year To Leaving Sweden

Record Year to Leaving Sweden

Radio Sweden International
June 25, 2007

Although 2006 was a record year for immigration to Sweden, people also left the country at a rate not seen since the end of the nineteenth century.

According to the daily Svenska Dagbladet, some 45,000 people emigrated from Sweden last year, the highest number since 1892. Half of those leaving Sweden in 2006, had themselves been immigrants to Sweden, with many returning to their original homelands due to improved conditions there.

Many affluent Swedes also make up a significant proportion of those seeking a new life abroad, with major international centers such as London and New York among preferred destinations.

In all, some 400,000 Swedes now live outside Sweden.