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History of Statistics Sweden

From the parish records to statistics on the web, accessible to everyone. Here is an account of the history of Statistics Sweden by the years.

1686 - Church registration. The church law of 1686 laid the ground for the population statistics.

1749 - Tabellverket is created. The population statistics began to be presented though tabellverket - a compilation of statistical tables and the world's oldest regular national population statistics. Together with Finland, Sweden is the only country that has continuous information about its population so far back in time.

1756 - Tabellkommissionen is created. This government agency is the direct predecessor and is responsible for seeing that Tabellverket functions well. Per Wargentin, the father of Swedish statistics, leads these operations. Tabellkommission is the world's oldest statistical agency.

1764 - Information about Sweden's population is published for the first time. The population consists of 2 383 113 inhabitants in Sweden and Finland in 1760.

1858 - Statistics Sweden is established. Tabellkommissionen is replaced by Statistiska beredningen, a statistical civil service department consisting of two parts. The one part is Statistiska beredningen, an advisory and coordinating organisation. The other part is an agency responsible for producing statistics, which is given the name Statistics Sweden. In the beginning, operations focus on population statistics. Afterwards, statistics on agriculture, municipal finances, savings banks and relief for the poor. The first director is Fredrik Theodor Berg.

1886 - Statistiska tabellkommissionen. Statistiska beredningen is restructured to Statistiska tabellkommissionen, which runs until 1948, when it is formally dissolved.

1914 - Statistical yearbook is released for the first time. The publication replaces Sweden's official statistics in summary, which had existed since 1870.

1960 - Centralisation of statistics. The Riksdag decides that Statistics would be a central statistical office. This leads to Statistics Sweden's production of the Labour Force Surveys from 1961 and the National Accounts from budget year 1963/1964.

1965 - Statistics Sweden is given a board and a scientific council.

1968 - Operations in Örebro. In the beginning, Statistics Sweden in Örebro handles data registration and a data central, but operations soon grow. Today Statistics Sweden in Örebro has more employees than in Stockholm.

1983 – International Consulting Office (ICO) is established. ICO handles Statistics Sweden's export of services, that is, Statistics Sweden's operations abroad, mainly in developing countries.

1994 - The statistics are decentralised. The responsibility for parts of official statistics is transferred to a number of other statistical agencies who are responsible for official statistics within their areas of operations.

1995 - Statistics Sweden launches its website.

1997 - the Statistical Database is accessible via the website. Sweden's Statistical Databases (SSD) can be accessed via the website

2001 - the Statistical Database is free of charge. Retrievals from the Statistical Database become free of charge. However, those who make considerable retrievals must register for retrievals.

2002 - Council for Official Statistics (ROS) is created. The Council is created to strengthen coordination of the official statistics of Sweden.

2016 - European responsibility for Statistics Sweden and a clear responsibility for official statistics. In the new instructions, Statistics Sweden is responsible as the National Statistical Institute (NSI) for the European statistics. At the same time, Statistics Sweden's coordination role for the system for official statistics and the Council for Official Statistics assist Statistics Sweden in the work.