Habo also came in first place in 2010. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix
Fokus Magazine Quality of life in Sweden rankings

Habo best place to live

For the second time in three years, Habo in southern Sweden has earned the distinction of the best municipality in which to live. Knivsta, Lund, Gnosjö and Danderyd also scored high in an annual ranking by the magazine Fokus.

The worst is the northern municipality of Haparanda, especially for older people and for families, according to the Fokus ranking.

The magazine took 42 different factors into account and ranked municipalities according to several categories, including how youth, older people, families, and workers experience life there.

The municipal chief executive of Habo, Jan-Åke Jonansson, attributes Habo's high score to high quality of life, a nice environment, low unemployment and lots of enterprise. He says the municipality's proximity to the city of Jönköping also helps make it practical to live there.

Meanwhile, the head of growth for Haparanda, Susanne Wallin was not surprised to see her municipality at the bottom of the list, since it had not scored very well the previous year either. Wallin says, however, that Haparanda is trying to improve by creating more job opportunities.

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