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Region Skåne – The regional blue economy

More than 1.34 million people live in Region Skåne (ca 122 p/km2, 11,027 km).

The region’s major cities are Malmö (population 333 633 people in 2017), Helsingborg, Lund and Kristianstad. Important ports (container, ro-ro, passenger, cruising) are Copenhagen Malmö Port, Trelleborg and Ystad. In Helsingborg you can also fi nd the second largest container port in Sweden. Further ports are Åhus and Landskrona (bulk). Skåne has 33 municipalities, 16 of which lie along the 650 km long coast.

While Skåne’s share of the Swedish population has increased since the 1980s, the GDP has been relatively weak compared to the national level (current GDP around € 49 billion, ca. € 375,00 per capita). At 76%, the region’s employment rate is the lowest in Sweden and many people are not included in the labour market.

Some 2% of the working population in Skåne are included in the agriculture sectors, a further 18% in manufacturing and 79% in the services sector.

In a national context, Skåne has relative specialisations in agriculture, distributive trade and tourism related services and professional and scientific services. Skåne has traditionally been a major contributor
to food production in Sweden and has developed related activity in food and beverages manufacturing and packaging. Skåne’s geographic location as the connecting point for Sweden with Europe is reflected in the important role of distributive trade and transport services in the regional economy.

The share of GDP invested in Research and Innovation is among the highest in all of European regions.

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