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Processing of personal data

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is part of Swedish law. The General Data Protection Regulation is intended to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals, in particular their right to the protection and control of their personal data.

Personal data

For Statistics Sweden, the GDPR entails greater requirements on the processing of and information about personal data. All processing of your personal data by Statistics Sweden is done in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.

Statistics Sweden’s data protection policy (pdf)

Here below you can read more about how personal data is defined and what is meant by processing, as well as how you can contact Statistics Sweden if you want to exercise your rights under the GDPR.

Statistics Sweden, corporate ID number 202100-0837, address Klostergatan 23, SE-701 89 Örebro, is the controller of personal data that is processed by Statistics Sweden. The agency can also be the processor of personal data in the production of statistics on behalf of another statistical agency.

What is considered personal data?

Under the GDPR, personal data means any information that relates to a directly or indirectly identified or identifiable living natural person. Typical personal data includes personal identity numbers, names and addresses; encrypted data and various types of electronic identifiers also constitute personal data if it can lead to the identification of a natural person.

Personal data that has been de-identified (pseudonymised), but can be used to re-identify a person remains personal data and falls within the scope of the GDPR.

What does processing of personal data mean?

Processing of personal data refers to, in principle, any operation performed on personal data, such as collecting, registering, storing, coordinating or printing out data. Statistics Sweden processes your personal data in the production of statistics and in its contact with you.

Processing of personal data in the production of statistics

Which of your personal data do we process?

Statistics Sweden processes your name and your e-mail address, among other data.

Purpose and legal basis for processing your personal data

In order to be able to contact you, Statistics Sweden processes personal data collected via its website, in the course of activities such as:

  • General inquiries
  • Subscriptions to newsletters
  • Microdata orders

Remember to only submit information that is relevant and that was requested.

Who can access your personal data?

As a starting point, your personal data is only processed by Statistics Sweden. Your personal data may also be shared with operators who process personal data on behalf of the agency in their capacity as the processor of personal data.

Statistics Sweden is a government agency and is subject to the principle of public access to official documents. This means that documents at Statistics Sweden, including personal data, can become official documents that may be released upon request.

Transfer of personal data to a third country

As a general rule, Statistics Sweden only processes your personal data within the EU / EEA.

How long do we keep your personal data?

Statistics Sweden will not process your personal data for longer than is permitted by applicable law, regulation or governmental decisions.

Your rights

You have a number of rights under the GDPR. These rights essentially mean that you should be given information about when and how your personal data is processed and that you should be able to control your personal data.

There are some exceptions to these rights. If your personal data forms part of a large sample of personal data for statistics, there are provisions that stipulate that Statistics Sweden does not have to inform you about when and how your personal data is processed in that sample.

In certain cases, you have the right to have your information corrected, deleted (“right to erasure”) or limited (“right to limitation of processing”). In certain cases, you also have the right to be given and to use your personal data elsewhere (“right to data portability”) and the right to object to the use of your personal data.

You have the right to access information on the personal data that we process about you and receive a copy of the personal data free of charge (register transcript).

Register transcript in accordance with the GDPR

Statistics Sweden does not process personal data for automated decision-making.

If you believe that Statistics Sweden is processing data relating to you in a way that contravenes the GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Swedish Data Protection Authority. If you wish to exercise your rights or contact us with reference to our processing of your personal data, you are welcome to do so.


SCB Data Protection Officer

+46 10 479 40 00