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Men now outnumber women in Sweden

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There are now more men than women in Sweden for the first time in modern history, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden.

The Swedish population grew by a record 103,000 people last year, to a total of just over 9.8 million. It was the largest increase from one year to another since Statistics Sweden started measuring the population in 1860.

The male population has grown faster than the female population in Sweden for the past 20 years, but Statistics Sweden suggests that immigration is the main reason why the demographic is shifting. Roughly 70 percent of the 160,000 people who applied for asylum in Sweden last year were men.

"There are more baby boys born in Sweden than girls, that's nothing new, but men are now living almost as long as women. There are also more elderly women in Sweden, which means that more women pass away each year," says Inge Göransson at Statistics Sweden to Swedish Radio News.

While the population as a whole grew, a record number of Swedes also decided to leave the country. Over 55,000 people moved abroad last year, and a majority of them were not Swedish citizens, according to Statistics Sweden.

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