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Habo Municipality grows with families with children


In 20 years, the municipality of Habo has grown to more than 2,500 inhabitants. The Rogvall-Knutsmark family has lived in their new house for almost a year. - We enjoy it here, says Matilda Knutsmark.

Habo, located a few miles north of Jönköping, is an expansive municipality where new villas have been constantly built in recent years.

Anders Rogvall and Matilda Knutsmark are both 26 years old, previously lived in Jönköping and have built a house on the Bränninge area in Habo. Harry's 2.5 year old son goes to preschool and for the summer the family awaits increase.

- We were looking at buying an existing house in Jönköping, but got stuck in order to build a new one. And then it was in Habo that there were plots, says Anders Rogvall.

Many villas are being built

The population of Habo municipality has increased by more than 26 per cent in the last 20 years. There are now around 12,500 inhabitants in the municipality, according to the preliminary population statistics from Statistics Sweden (Statistics Sweden).

Since hundreds of villas have been built in the municipality over the last decade, many families with children have established themselves in the resort. This has led to the municipality having the second highest percentage of young people in the country's 290 municipalities.

Something that places great demands on the municipality when it comes to expanding schools and childcare.

- I work within the school here in Habo and it is full of schools. Harry is 2.5 years now so it is clear that there is a concern about how it will be, says Matilda Knutsmark.

Fewer residents in two municipalities

Habo is the municipality in the county that has grown the most since the turn of the millennium. 26.7 percent during the period 2000-2018.

The county's large economic engine Jönköping has also grown strongly; from 117,000 inhabitants to just over 140,000 at the end of last year, an increase of just under 20 percent.

All but two municipalities in the county, Gislaved and Gnosjö, have a larger population today compared to what it was at the turn of the millennium.

In the clip above, the Rogvall-Knutsmark family explains why they moved to Habo.

Source: svt

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