For the first time in over a quarter of a millennium, there are more men than women in Sweden. In Norway men became the majority in 2011.
It is not possible to determine whether last year’s change is the first time in history that the men are in the majority on the other side of the border, but it is the first time this has happened since they began keeping statistics in 1749.
Like the West in general Sweden has historically had a surplus of women, but last spring they were overtaken by the men. In March 2015 there were 277 more men than women in Sweden. Since then “the gap” has increased to 12,000, and population expert Tomas Johansson at Statistics Sweden, says it is not unreasonable to assume that the male suplus could get even greater.
Despite there being born 105 male babies per 100 female babies, a higher life expectancy among women have meant that they have been in the majority in Europe. While women are expected to be in the majority in most of Europe in the coming decades, the numbers of males and females are almost equal in Denmark and Switzerland, while Norway as previously mentioned went from a male deficit to a male surplus four years before the Swedes did.
Both migration and changes in life expectancy are highlighted as factors that could affect the gender balance of the population.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today