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Facts and statistics about the Old Town of Stockholm

On this page with have put together a lot of facts and statistics about the Old Town of Stockholm. Facts about the islands that makes up the Old Town, how many that work and live there etc. Some of the sources are our own but the main part is from Stockholm City Office of Statistics.

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The 4 Islands of the Old Town

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The Old Town consists of 4 islands, Stadsholmen (The City Island), Riddarholmen (The Island of Nobility), Helgeandsholmen (The Island of Sanctuary) and Strömsborg (The Stream Island). The name "Old Town" is not very old, it's the official name only since 1980. Before 1980 the Old Town was officially called "The City between the Bridges" (Early 20:th century until 1980) and before that it was called "The Real City" (mid 19:the century until late 19:th century) and before that it was just called Stockholm.

Stadsholmen (The City Island)

Stadsholmen is the largest of the 4 islands and also the 6:th largest in Stockholm. It's approx. 700 meter from south to north and approx. 650 meter from east to west. The size is 330 000 square meters (3 552 090 square feet). The highest point is at Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) which is 14,6 meter over the water. The total length of the waterline is 2 200 meter.

Stockholmen has both residential buildnings and office buildings. You can read more about the statistic about the people living and working there below. The oldest building at Stadsholmen is Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) which dates back to 1306.

Stadsholmen is connected to the rest of Stockholm by a number of bridges. The most well-known buildings at Stadsholmen is Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) and The Royal Castle.

Riddarholmen (The Island of Nobility)

Riddarholmen is the second largest island in the Old Town and the 12:th largest in Stockholm. It's approx. 350 meter from south to north and approx. 200 meter from east to west. The size is 60 000 square meters (645 834 square feet). The highest point is at the Västermur terrace which is 11,4 meter of the water. The total length of the waterline is 900 meter.

There are not residentual buildings at Riddarholmen (the last was rebuilt as an office in 2010) but it has a lot of public offices. The oldest building, and the oldest building in the Old Town, is Riddarholmskyrkan (Riddarholmen church) which dates back to 1280.

Riddarholmen is connected only to Stadsholmen by a bridge. The most welll-known building at Riddarholmen is the Riddarholm church and the Wrangel palace.

Helgeandsholmen (The Island of Sanctuary)

Helgeandsholmen is the third largest island in the Old Town and the 15:th largest in Stockholm. It's approx. 110 meter from south to north and approx. 270 meter from east to west. The size is 26 000 square meters (279 861 square feet). The waterline is approx. 650 meter long.

Helgeandsholmen is the home of the Swedish Parliament and besides the medieval museum at the eastern part of the island there are no other buildings on the island.

Helgeandsholmen is connected to Stockholm and the Old Town by 4 bridges, two in the east and two in the west.

Strömsborg (The Stream Island)

Strömsborg is the smallest island in the Old town and is only 255 square meter (2 744 square feet). There is only one office building at the island and it's connected by a bridge that is connected to another bridge, Vasa Bridge.

 

Visitors to the Old Town and Stockholm

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In 2014 there were 32 million overnight stays in Stockholm by visitors. The majority didn't stayed at commercial facilities such as hotel and hostel but stayed at the homes of friends and relatives.

If we only look at the overnight stays at commercial facilities Stockholm was the 13:th most popular tourist place in Europe 2014 which approx. 12 million overnight stays. An increase with 3 million since 2007. The majority of these were swedes visiting Stockholm but if we look at the visitors from outside Sweden it look as follows:

Visitors per country 2014
10 largest*

Country Number % 2013
Germany 478 659 +12 %
UK 329 686 +7 %
USA 326 618 +10 %
Norway 275 900 +3 %
Finland 206 320 +7 %
Denmark 157 850 +7 %
France 155 956 +4 %
Italy 136 161 +2 %
Switzerland 123 413 +8 %
Russia 113 420 -11 %

Apart from the visitors from Russia (who came with cruise ships and didn't use any hotels) the visitors from outside Sweden stayed at: Hotels - 87,5%, Hostels - 5,2%, Camping's - 0,6%, Other - 6,7%. The majority were tourist (60%).

The most popular place to visit was the Old Town. But if we look at places where you had to purchased a ticket to enter is looked as follows: The House of Culture at Stockholm City Centre (3,1 million visitors), Stockholm Globe Arena (1,8 million visitors), The Royal Castle (350 000 visitors).

 

Residents and workers

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In 2015 there were 3 261 people living in the Old Town. Of these 709 were retired, 2 044 were between 20-64 years old and 508 were children. 1 631 were men and 1 630 were women.

The number of homes were 1 982 in 2014. Of these were 748 co-operative apartments and 1 234 were rental apartments. The number of apartments with 1 bedroom were 392 (19,7%), 2 bedrooms were 833 (42%) and 3 bedrooms were 492 (24,8%). There are no private houses in the Old Town.

The number of people working in the Old Town were 10 605 in 2014. Of these 10 605 worked during the day and 1 764 during the night. The total number of unemployed persons was 31.



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