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Upplands Väsby Municipality (Upplands Väsby kommun) is a municipality in Stockholm County in east central Sweden, with a population of 38,963 (2010). Its seat is located in the town of Upplands Väsby.

Upplands Väsby Municipality

Upplands Väsby kommun
Coat of arms of Upplands Väsby Municipality
Coat of arms
Upplands Väsby Municipality in Stockholm County.png
CountrySweden
CountyStockholm County
SeatUpplands Väsby
Area
 • Total83.81 km2 (32.36 sq mi)
 • Land75.09 km2 (28.99 sq mi)
 • Water8.72 km2 (3.37 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
Population
 (31 December 2018)[2]
 • Total45,543
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
ProvinceUppland
Municipal code0114
Websitewww.upplandsvasby.se

The municipality was created in connection with the municipal reform of 1952, when the rural municipalities Ed, Fresta and Hammarby were amalgamated. It got its name from a settlement which had evolved around the railway station.

The name Väsby can be attested (as Vesby) from the 13th century. The prefix "Upplands" came to be used by the post station in 1919 as a means of separating it from other Väsbys in the country. The municipality was then named "Upplands-Väsby" for a time, but the dash has now been removed.

Upplands Väsby is located in between Stockholm and Arlanda Airport, and the East Coast Line railroad goes through the municipality. There are local train services to Arlanda Airport, Uppsala, Stockholm Central Station and Älvsjö (Stockholm commuter rail).

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GeographyEdit

The land[3] is covered with good soil, forests, and moraine. The western part border to a creek of the lake Mälaren (not visible on the map), which also marks the border to the municipality Upplands-Bro. There are also other water areas, such as streams and small lakes, in the municipality. One of them is the small river Väsbyån, flowing through Väsby, in which the uncommon fish asp swims.

HistoryEdit

Located in the province of Uppland the municipality holds remains from the Stone Age. Runestones and axes from the Bronze Age have also been found. The number of rune inscriptions in the municipality amounts to 76.

When Väsby Centrum, a shopping centre that currently houses some 60 stores, was built in Väsby in 1972 the population grew markedly. The mall is currently[when?] undergoing a large increase; 20 new stores will have opened by spring 2007, bringing the mall's total up to 80 stores.

DemographyEdit

Population developmentEdit

Population development in Upplands Väsby Municipality 1970–2017
Year Population
1970
19,032
1975
28,810
1980
31,961
1985
33,912
1990
35,963
1995
36,277
2000
37,576
2005
37,624
2010
39,289
2015
42,661
2017
44,605

Source: SCB - Folkmängd efter region och år.

Residents with a foreign backgroundEdit

On the 31st of December 2017 the number of people with a foreign background (persons born outside of Sweden or with two parents born outside of Sweden) was 17 533, or 39.31% of the population (44 605 on the 31st of December 2017). On the 31st of December 2002 the number of residents with a foreign background was (per the same definition) 10 132, or 27.06% of the population (37 444 on the 31st of December 2002).[4] On 31 December 2017 there were 44 605 residents in Upplands Väsby, of which 13 009 people (29.16%) 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.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2018" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.google.se/maps/@59.4627868,18.0358801,36106a,35y,270h/data=!3m1!1e3
  4. ^ Antal personer efter region, utländsk/svensk bakgrund och år (Read 5 januari 2019)
  5. ^ a b Statistiska centralbyrån: Utrikes födda efter län, kommun och födelseland 31 december 2017 (XLS-fil) Läst 5 januari 2019

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