SND-ID: EXT 0086

This study is part of the collection SwedPop

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Umeå university, Demographic database


The database POPLINK is a longitudinal population database under construction with the support of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Umeå University. The database contains personal data of the regions Umeå and Skellefteå during the period 1700-1950. In the beginning of 2014, there was information on approximately 600 000 individuals, 3,3 millions entries and up to 15 generations. This makes POPLINK to one of the world’s largest and most detailed population databases.

The database is a resource in many areas of research. Not least because of the possibility to link together POPLINK with other modern registers. This means, among other things, that the life sciences can investigate how nature and nurture influence the development of our most common national diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Within the social sciences and the humanities, the increasing access to personal records brings about an opportunity for new perspectives on the rise of the welfare state and the time that shaped the modern Sweden.

POPLINK is a research database, which means that only academic resea

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Umeå University

Responsible department/unit

Demographic database

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis

Time period(s) investigated

1700 – 1950

Geographic coverage
Topic and keywords

Research area

Censuses, Economic conditions and indicators, Specific diseases, disorders and medical conditions, General health and well-being, Diet and nutrition (CESSDA Topic Classification)
History (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

Published: 2014-02-26
Last updated: 2017-10-09