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Statistics and Data

The National Board of Health and Welfare publishes statistics in the areas of health and medical care and social services. At this webpage you will find information about our statistical database and how to apply for aggregated statistics and individual-based data for research purposes.

The information in our registers is imposed with absolute secrecy. However, we may disclose data from our registers for research purposes by means of an exception in the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act or alternatively provide data in the form of anonymous aggregated statistics.

Statistics

Statistics are compilations of data, such as tables, where the information can’t be attributed to any one individual. A lot of statistics is available directly on our statistics pages or in our statistics database. It is also possible to order statistics directly from the National Board of Health and Welfare. Such an order generally takes 4-6 weeks. Our fee is SEK 1 100 (excl. VAT) per hour. The fee includes administration, legal consultation and data withdrawal.

The statistical database

The statistical database in English includes statistics on Abortions, Acute Myocardial Infarctions (AMI), Cancer, Causes of Death, Health Care Practitioners and In-patient Care Diagnoses. Statistics are presented by year, gender, age and geographical area. The statistical database is intended primarily for researchers and statisticians.

Individual-based data for research purposes

Register data is protected by strict confidentiality but can be made available for research after a special review. Applications for individual-based data for research purposes generally take 3-6 months to process and we charge SEK 1 100 (excl. VAT) per hour for the time spent on submitted applications. The fee includes administration, legal consultation and data withdrawal.

The National Board of Health and Welfare is a government agency under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. It is not our policy to provide individual level data to researchers abroad. Instead, we normally advice researchers in other countries to cooperate with Swedish colleagues, to whom we can provide data according to standard legal provisions and procedures.

Our Register Service unit will visit you

We are happy to participate in seminars, research days and workshops organized for and by researchers who use registers. We can, for example talk about the different registers, coverage, quality and usability and how researchers gain access to personal data for research purposes.

Please contact Register Service if you are interested.