It is Sweden's third largest city by population, after Stockholm and Göteborg. It is the capital of Skåne County. Together with Copenhagen, it constitutes the transnational Öresund Region.
It was one of the earliest and most industrialized towns of Scandinavia, but it struggled with the adaptation to post-industrialism.
Since the construction of the Öresund bridge, Malmö has undergone a major transformation with architectural developments, attracting new biotech and IT companies, and particularly students through Malmö University, founded in 1998.
The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and it is also a commercial center for the western part of Scania.
Malmö was ranked #4 in Grist Magazine as one of the”15 Green Cities”.
Greater Malmö is one of Sweden’s three officially recognized Metropolitan areas (storstadsområden) and since 2005 is defined as the municipality of Malmö and 11 other municipalities in the southwestern corner of Scania. The region covers an area of 2,522 square kilometres. The municipalities included, apart from Malmö, are Burlöv, Eslöv, Höör, Kävlinge, Lomma,Lund, Skurup, Staffanstorp, Svedala, Trelleborg and Vellinge. Malmö is together with Lund the region’s economic and education hub.