Up to 1970 there were three different types of municipalities of Sweden. Of the 848 municipalities at the end of that year 132 had a formal city status. On New years day 1971 there were only 464 of them left, and they were all of a unitary type, kommun.
The term stad (city or town) is nowadays often used to describe non-administrative localities or urban areas which constituted the former chartered cities.
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