facts & figures Göteborg

The poverty among children of single parents is 28.2 per cent. The poverty among children of parents living together is 9.0 per cent.

Statistically speaking, a man in Hjällbo has a life expectancy nine years shorter than that of a man from the villa suburbs in Western Gothenburg.

In the early 1980s, the best paid general managers earned nine times more than workers. In 2007, they were paid 56 times more, and since then, the difference has continued to increase.

Around 50 per cent of students in several municipal primary and secondary schools in Gothenburg's high-rise housing projects leave school without sufficient grades to go on to upper-secondary school.

In Hammarkullen, the average disposable income increased by 6 per cent between 1990 and 2006. In Hovås for the same period, it increased by 168 per cent.

According to surveys conducted by the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs, 35-40 per cent of people between 20 and 25 years of age in the most vulnerable parts of the city neither work nor study.

70 per cent of individuals born abroad who have been in the country for 5 to 10 years are over-qualified for the work they currently perform. 

The poverty among children of single parents is 28.2 per cent. The poverty among children of parents living together is 9.0 per cent.

In Bergsjön, more than 50 per cent of children live in what has been defined as poverty. In Torslanda, the corresponding figure is 2 per cent.

In 2008, 14 per cent of people living in Hjällbo were on long-term maintenance support. The corresponding number for all of Sweden was 1.5 per cent.

Mental ill health made up a majority of all instances of long-term sick leave and is the second most common cause of shorter periods of sick leave.Each year, 1,500 people commit suicide in Sweden. It is the most common cause of death for men between the ages of 15 and 44. It is the second most common cause of death for women in the same age group, after tumours. Young people below the age of 20 is the only group which has seen an increase in suicides over recent years.

Sources: Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs: ”Fokus 08”, Save the Children: ”Barnfattigdomen i Sverige 2012” [Child poverty in Sweden 2012], DN 30/01/12: ”Många barn vill inte leva vidare” [Many children do not want to continue living] and GP 05/10/12: ”Resa genom två Göteborg” [A Journey through two Gothenburgs].