Sundbyberg Municipality (Sundbybergs kommun or Sundbybergs stad) is a municipality in Stockholm County in east central Sweden, just north of the capital Stockholm. Sundbyberg is wholly within the Stockholm urban area and has a 100% urban population.
Sundbyberg was detached from Bromma (which since 1916 is in Stockholm Municipality) in 1888 as a market town (köping). It got the title of a city in 1927. In 1949 parts of Solna Municipality and Spånga (when the rest of Spånga was amalgamated into Stockholm) were added. A proposed merger with Solna in 1971 was never implemented, making Sundbyberg, with an area of 8.83 km², the smallest municipality in Sweden, but also one of the most densely populated. The municipality prefers to call itself a City.
Sundbyberg was for a long time only an area of agriculture. In 1863 almost the entire area was bought by Robin Elfström, who began building houses there. Ten years later he had sold 40 lots.
Soon various industries were located to Sundbyberg.
The 34,000 inhabitants live in roughly 17,000 apartments. The industrial policy of the municipality is to provide one job opportunity for every apartment, thus 17,000 jobs. So unlike other municipalities in Metropolitan Stockholm, Sundbyberg is not a bedroom suburb wherefrom people commute to Stockholm, but also a place commuted to from outside. In total, 12,000 commuters travel to or from Sundbyberg every day.
Sundbyberg is well served by the Stockholm public transport system. There are several metro stations as well as one Stockholm commuter rail station and plenty of bus routes. Even some main line trains call at Sundbyberg. Until 1959 Sundbyberg was served by trams. Trams are expected to return to Sundbyberg in a couple of years when Tvärbanan will be extended from Alvik. The construction of he new tramway started in August 2009.
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