Solna Municipality

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Solna Municipality (Solna kommun or Solna stad) is a municipality in Stockholm County in east central Sweden, located just north of the capital Stockholm. Its seat is located in the 'city' of Solna.

The municipality is a part of Metropolitan Stockholm and is totally within the Stockholm urban area. None of the area is considered rural, which is unusual for Swedish municipalities, which normally are of mixed rural/urban character. Solna is the third smallest municipality in Sweden in terms of area.

Solna is a middle-class area and borders Stockholm Municipality to the south, southeast and northwest; to Sundbyberg Municipality to the west; to Sollentuna Municipality to the north; and finally to Danderyd Municipality to the northeast.

There are two parishes in Solna Municipality: Råsunda (population 29,677) and Solna (population 28,317).

Solna is divided into eight traditional parts with no administrative functions: Bergshamra, Haga, Hagalund, Huvudsta, Järva, Råsunda, Skytteholm and Ulriksdal. The largest districts are Råsunda, Hagalund and Huvudsta, with the Solna Centrum in between them.

Solna is served by the Stockholm public transport system with buses, Metro and the commuter trains run by SL. It was served by trams until 1959, and a new route (Tvärbanan) is under construction. From any of Solna's six tube stations, it takes no more than 9-12 minutes to travel to Stockholm city centre. The stations are 'Näckrosen', 'Solna Centrum', 'Västra Skogen', 'Bergshamra', 'Vreten' and 'Huvudsta'.

With few exceptions, Solna's built-up areas have a suburban character, but there are also several large parks and Sweden's national football stadium Råsunda, adjacent to Solna Centrum shopping centre and Metro station.

Solna has very low tax rates and has attracted a wide range of companies and authorities, making it a major place of work in the Stockholm urban area. Among the most important employers are the medical university Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) are also located in Solna.

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