About Skåne

Skåne is the region in Sweden that lies closest to continental Europe. Almost half of the land in Skåne is farming land, the national average is eight percent; however, the percentage of land covered by forest is just 30 percent which is less than any other province. Much of Skåne is considered as being built-up and only Stockholm has a higher percentage of built-up areas.

Skåne is growing fast. People of all ages move to the region and the population have more than quadrupled since the beginning of the 19th century. Today, the population of Skåne is just over one million and it makes up around 13% of the nine million inhabitants of Sweden.

There are approximately 41 000 workplaces with at least one employee in Skåne, of these about one fifth are linked to commerce and almost one quarter work in the property, renting and business consultative services sector. Four fifths of all jobs are in service sectors. Most workplaces, 64 percent, are one-person companies with no employees.

33 municipalities in Skåne

In Skåne there are 33 local authorities which are self-governing. Swedish municipalities are responsible for social services, schools, child and elderly care, care for the disabled, some medical care, emergency services, planning of construction and culture. The municipality is also responsible for streets, roads, water and sewage and other highly technical services.
 
The Municipal Act governs the activities that are mandatory for the municipality and which municipalities can engage on a voluntary basis.

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