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SWEDPOP - Swedish population databases for research

An infrastructure under construction with a view to making population data available for Swedish and international research through coordination of the most important historical population databases in Sweden, focusing on the period from the 18th century to the 1960s.

SWEDPOP is an infrastructure under construction, aimed at making population data available for Swedish and international research through coordination of the most important historical population databases in Sweden. Together, they provide information at individual level about large parts of Sweden’s population in the 19th and 20th centuries, and are suitable for both large-scale and micro-scale historical studies.

These databases can be used to highlight the long-term demographic, social and economic processes that transformed Sweden from a traditional agrarian society to the current post-industrial welfare society, and to highlight how human health, social and economic living conditions were formed and changed over a long time perspective. By linking to modern population registers, opportunities are provided for longitudinal studies over several hundred years, which also enables studies of intergenerational transfers (epigenetics).

The databases included in SWEDPOP are:

  • DDB/CEDAR (Demographic Database 1650–1950)
  • SEDD (Skåne’s Economic-Demographic Database 1680–1968)
  • SweCens (Censuses 1880–1950)
  • Ward Officer archive (population data from Stockholm 1877–1926)
  • GOPP (Gothenburg’s population panel 1915-1943).

Read more on SWEDPOP's websiteexternal link

PubliSHED ON 18 October 2018

UpDATED ON 23 November 2018

This infrastructure is funded by the Swedish Research Council.