The National Board of Health and Welfare publishes statistics in the areas of health and medical care and social services. Here 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.

Search for statistical factsheets

We publish statistical factsheets in English on all the topics where we have official statistics. You can use the search service on the publication page to find and download specific factsheets.

At the bottom of this page you will find the latest publications for the different statistical areas.


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 statistical database. It is also possible to order statistics directly from us. Such an order generally takes 4–6 weeks. Our fee is SEK 1 225 (excl. VAT) per hour. The fee includes administration, legal consultation and data withdrawal. If the invoicing information is incorrect or incomplete, there may be an additional cost of SEK 600.

Official Statistics of Sweden

The National Board of Health and Welfare is appointed by the government to be responsible for official statistics in the areas of Health and medical care and Social services.

According to law, there must be official statistics for general information, investigation and research. The statistics are to be objective and made available to the public. The official statistics are regulated according to the Official Statistics Act (2001:99) and the Official Statistics Ordinance (2001:100) in which, among other things, it states that

  • official statistics are to be available for the purposes of public information, investigative activities and research
  • they are to be objective and made available to the public
  • official statistics related to individuals are to be disaggregated by sex, unless there are special reasons for not doing so
  • when official statistics are published, they are to be labelled as Official Statistics of Sweden or have a symbol.

Official Statistics of Sweden

The statistical database

Our statistical database in English includes statistics on abortions, acute myocardial infarctions (AMI), cancer, causes of death, health care practitioners, in-patient care diagnoses and pharmaceuticals. 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 2–4 months to process and we charge SEK 1 225 (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.

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