Our databases

The Demographic Data Base (DDB) both produces and makes population databases available for research. The primary sources digitized are parish registers from the 18th and 19th century, but also parish statistics from the period 1749-1859 have been recorded and made available.

These historical sources have a proven high quality and contain an amazing amount of information about the Swedish population, suitable for studies with a longitudinal and broad perspective.
However, the DDB doesn't only work with historical material and the production of databases containing historical information. In close collaboration with Statistics Sweden DDB is also developing a new infrastructure where historical data is being linked with modern population registers.

Our databases in short: 

* The database POPUM is one of the world’s most information-dense historical population databases. In this database we have linked individual records from parish registers such as catechetical registers, birth and baptism registers, banns and marriage registers, migrations registers, and death registers.
Read more about the database POPUM

* The database TABVERK contains of population statistics from the parish records that the ministers produced during the period 1749 to 1859. The Swedish parish statistics (Tabellverket) is a fairly unique source, because of its thorough demographic information at such an early date.
Read more about the database TABVERK

* The database POPLINK is a longitudinal population database under construction. In Sweden there is a lack of digitized population data on an individual level during the period 1900 to 1950’s, from where Statistics Sweden is having digitized data. In order to meet the present needs within several fields of research, a new infrastructure is being developed by the DDB in close cooperation with Statistics Sweden, where historical data is being liked with modern population registers. When the database POPLINK is complete we will have access to a population register covering a period of more than 300 years, where it will be possible to track individuals over time and across generations.
Read more about POPLINK

* The Linnaeus Database is a unique research resource. It links information from four existing databases, and enables researchers to see new connections between health, lifestyle and ageing. In 2006 the Ageing and Living Conditions Research Programme (ALC) recieved a ”Linneaus Grant” from the Swedish Research Counsil, to conduct research about the aging population’s living conditions. The questions which the research programme wanted to investigate required new and larger datafiles. Using information from four different sources, Betula, The Västerbotten Intervention Programme (VIP), Statistics Sweden and The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, the new research resource that has been named The Linnaeus Database was created.

* The database POPULATION contains information about the local population development in Sweden during the period 1810 to 1990. The data has been collected by Christian Svärd, and the DDB has digitized the information. The population figures have mainly been taken from Statistics Sweden’s historical publications. Additional data have been collected from Tabellverket’s population forms.

Search on your own in the database POPULATION with the search tool Population 1810-1990 (only available in Swedish)

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If you have any questions about our databases, please contact the Head of the Development Section:

Maria Larsson
+46 90 786 93 26

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