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Southern Sweden

The regions of Scania and Blekinge in southern Sweden have more than 500 kilometres of varying coastline, from thin sand to big rock formations. The nature further inland varies between large forests, open fields of rapeseed and steep clusters of rocks. Thanks to its proximity and access to the European continent, the city has a strong international presence and offers an international pulse to its inhabitants and visitors.

Malmö is the largest city in the region as well as the city of the future if one is to rely on population statistics. The number of inhabitants in Malmö has increased for 30 years in a row, and forecasts through 2020 indicate the city will continue to grow and at a higher rate than Sweden overall. This increase will come mainly from births and the migration of young people, the result being that almost 50 per cent of Malmö’s population today is under the age of 35.


Scania and Blekinge together form a region known for its many institutions of higher education, which serve 100,000 students and researchers a year. Malmö is also part of the Öresund region, together with cities like Lund, Helsingborg and Copenhagen, which accounts for 26 per cent of the total gross domestic product of Sweden and Denmark. Malmö has received a AAA credit rating from the US ratings institute Standard & Poor’s as a result of its stable growth.

Southern Sweden is a region with many small business, which in Malmö has led to an average growth of seven businesses a day throughout the year.

Business activity

The region is knowledge-intensive, with only 7 per cent of the population working in manufacturing, and there is a high concentration of IT and telecommunications companies. The science parks Ideon in Lund and Medeon in Malmö house some 300 companies, many of which are in IT and telecom. Lund is also the home of companies like ST-Ericsson, Sony Mobile and Axis Communications.


In Malmö, there were a total of 1,367,000 commercial overnight stays at hotels, hostels and campsites in 2013. In addition to these commercial overnight stays, there were a large number of overnight stays with family and friends.  

Between the years 1999 and 2013, the total number of guest-nights increased by 63 per cent.
In 2013, the number of guest-nights at hotels in Malmö totalled 1,238,829, which is 16,293 more than in 2012.

In 2013, Swedes accounted for 75 per cent of all overnight stays. Individual business travellers and conference guests are the group that occupy the greatest number of rooms in Malmö’s hotels. In 2013, they accounted for about 64 per cent of the hotel rooms occupied.

In 2013, Malmö recorded 788 meetings and congresses with more than 50 delegates in the city. These 788 meetings generated a total of some 117,000 delegates. Of the 788 meetings, 116 entailed a stay of at least one night; 37 of these were congresses.

Swedavia’s airports in Southern Sweden 2015

Malmö Airport

  • Challenger in the Öresund region, with fast, smooth flows
  • 2.2 million passengers (972,000 of which were international)
  • Nearly 50 international destinations
  • About 1,500 employees in some 50 companies


Ronneby Airport

  • Southeast Sweden’s largest airport and the smoothest way to get to  Stockholm
  • 217,000 passengers (3,000 of which were international)
  • 1 international destination
  • Just over 70 employees in some 10 companies