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Statistics Sweden is statistics accessible via API

Enterprises and private individuals can obtain access to Statistics Sweden's statistics via open data and use it to develop new products and services. It is possible to transfer data from the Statistical Database electronically via the programming interface API.

APIs (Application Programming Interface) can be processed and used to build apps for smartphones or new websites, even with commercial purposes. You can use our tables or parts of tables from the Statistical Database free of charge.

The ambition to improve the conditions for further use of public information from government agencies is on the government's digital agenda. It is also something that is regulated in the PSI Directive and Inspire Directive from the EU.

Conditions for use of Statistics Sweden's open data

No consent or agreement is required for the use of data from the Statistical Database. Statistics Sweden uses the standardised license Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0). This means that you are free to copy, reproduce, and redistribute all statistics on Statistics Sweden’s website.

However, when you use or disseminate statistics from, you must always state Statistics Sweden as the source (“Source: Statistics Sweden”).

Some of the statistics in the Statistical Database are subject to the responsibility of other statistical agencies, in which case the source may be different. This is specified, where relevant. However, if you have processed the data from Statistics Sweden, do not state Statistics Sweden as the source.

Using the API to spread harmful coding is prohibited. Furthermore, presenting the service that you have developed as “official cooperation” or “partnership” with Statistics Sweden is not permitted.

How to use the API for the Statistical Database
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This is how Statistics Sweden's APIs work

Statistics Sweden's API is provided as is. The use is also limited based on the caller's IP address. It functions so that the caller can make a maximum of 10 calls within a 10-second period. It is up to each user how the enquiries are used.

For example, you can choose to ask 10 questions in the first second and then be denied the nine following times. You can retrieve a maximum of 100 000 values per table. The error message HTTP 403 Forbidden indicates that the maximum value has been exceeded.

How to use Python with data from the Statistical database (Github)

How are corrections of the statistics handled?

The statistics that are distributed via the API are regularly updated in connection with corrections of the source data. However, the correction is only noted in the Statistical Database.

However, changes in the API itself are reported via an RSS feed. This may, for example, involve updates that require the user to redirect their question for the download to work.


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