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Statistics Sweden's History

1668 The parish registration
The parish registration required by the 1686 Church Ordinance laid the groundwork for future population statistics.
1749 Compilation of Tables (Tabellverket)
Sweden began to keep population statistics in 1749, a quite uniquea phenomenon. Sweden – and Finland, which was then under Swedish rule – are the only countries that possess continuous records of their population so far back in time.
1756 The Tables Commission (Tabellkommissionen)
A new public authority was established, which was given the task of ensuring that the Office of Tables worked properly.
1858 Statistics Sweden
Statistics Sweden was established in 1858. Initially, its operations focused mainly on population statistics, but gradually other branches of statistics were added, such as agricultural statistics, statistics on local government finances, savings banks statistics and poverty relief statistics. The Tables Commission ceased to exist in 1858 and was replaced by the Statistical Committee, a body that advised and coordinated official statistics. The number of members was set at nine, with the Minister of Public Administration serving as Chairman and the Head of Statistics Sweden as Permanent Clerk.
1886 The Statistical Tables Commission
The Statistical Committee was reformed in 1886 to become the Statistical Tables Commission, which continued to operate until 1948, when it was formally dissolved. The Head of Statistics Sweden chaired the Commission.
1962 Centralisation to Statistics Sweden
A process of centralisation began in public statistics. Greater responsibility passed to Statistics Sweden, which was radically reorganised and divided into seven subject matter departments and a number of service offices.
1965 Scientific Council
Statistics Sweden acquired a Governing Board and a Scientific Council.
1968 Örebro
Statistics Sweden began to relocate some of its operations to Örebro.
1983 International Consulting Office (ICO)
ICO was established. ICO administers worldwide statistical support.
1994 New division of responsibilities
On 1 July 1994 much of the responsibility for official statistics in defined sectoral areas was transferred from Statistics Sweden to 24 other government authorities. Statistics Sweden continued to be responsible for multi-sectoral statistics, while other authorities were made responsible for other parts of the statistics.
1995 Website
Statistics Sweden's website was launched.
1997 SSD accessible at the website
Sweden's Statistical Databases (SSD) became accessible on the Internet.
2001 Free access to SSD
Retrieval from SSD became free of charge.
2002 A Council for Official Statistics was established
To strengthen the co-ordination of the Swedish Official Statistics a council was established at Statistics Sweden.

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