Statistics Sweden said the number of immigrants was up by 1.7 percent from the previous year.
There were 55,877 more people who emigrated to Sweden than who left the country.
Iraqis, who have recently become Sweden’s second largest community of foreigners behind Finns, account for the biggest rise, with 12,103 new arrivals. SCB said that the number was down 20 percent from 2007 following the introduction of tougher Asylum laws.
Birth rates rose once again by 1.8 percent to just over 109 thousand.