Stockholm Birth Cohort

SND-ID: EXT 0106

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Ylva B. Almquist - Stockholm University, Centre for Health Equity Studies


The Stockholm Birth Cohort Study (SBC) was created in 2004/2005 by a probability matching of two anonymized longitudinal datasets; The Stockholm Metropolitan study and The Swedish Work and Mortality Database (WMD). The former involves all children born 1953 that lived in the Stockholm metropolitan area as of November 1, 1963, while the latter comprises data for the period 1980-2009 on all individuals living in Sweden in 1980 or 1990, and born before 1986.

The study comprises data from both surveys and public register records. The core of the project consists of three surveys from The Stockholm Metropolitan study; The School Study (1966), The Family Study (1968), and The Culture and Leisure Time Study (1985). There is also a wide range of register data, for instance delivery records, occupational and income data, welfare recipiency data, health records, mortality data, educational data, and dependency and child welfare committee data.

The Stockholm Birth Cohort offers unique opportunities for longitudinal research within various fields such as sociology, public health science, and psychology.

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Stockholm University

Responsible department/unit

Centre for Health Equity Studies


Stockholms Universitet, Swedish Institute for Social Research

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


All people born in 1953 that lived in the Stockholm metropolitan area in 1963

Sampling procedure

Total universe/Complete enumeration
All children born in 1953 that lived in the Stockholm metropolitan area on November 1, 1963 was included in the study. Thus, children born outside of Stockholm was included, either in another Swedish region or abroad. The total sample was 15117 individuals, of which 7719 were boys and 7398 girls.

Time period(s) investigated

1953 – 2017

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Stockholm County

Geographic description: Stockholm metropolitan area

Topic and keywords

Research area

SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS, Morbidity and mortality, Employment, Unemployment, Crime and law enforcement, Political behaviour and attitudes, Political ideology, Children, Elderly, Youth, Social welfare policy, Community, urban and rural life, Cultural activities and participation, Social welfare systems/structures, Specific social services: use and availability, HEALTH, Diet and nutrition, Equality, inequality and social exclusion, Family life and marriage, Social and occupational mobility, Leisure, tourism and sport, Religion and values, Social behaviour and attitudes, Social change, Social conditions and indicators, Time use, Economic conditions and indicators, PSYCHOLOGY (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Social and Economic Geography, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


housing, population migration, politics, religion, social mobility, social problems, culture, consumption, ageing, health, personality, social welfare, residential mobility, family environment, human behaviour, income distribution, social inequality, social structure, wages, housework, social services, parental role, child care, citizenship skills, political action, unemployment, family life, political interest, political behaviour, attitudes, drinking behaviour, television, radio, social reform, public services, hobbies, news, advertising, economic conditions, income, social class, ill health, housing facilities, diseases, dental health, labour and employment, holidays, political participation, marital status, population, social security, basic needs, ideologies, physical activities, television viewing, social environment, parent attitude, childbirth, economic activity, education, personal hygiene, census data, electors, property, ownership and tenure, political change, public health, mental health, medical history, life cycle, entertainment, offences, demography, social conflict, crimes against persons, economic and social development, health services, dropping out (education), secondary school leaving, academic ability, academic achievement, intelligence quotient, birth rate, fertility, families, family influence, outworkers, criminals, delinquency, juvenile delinquency, social disadvantage, national development, illegal drugs, changing society, cultural change, schools, industrial societies, consumer societies, strikes, community behaviour, social participation, social conformity, social alienation, attitude change, social behaviour, child behaviour, birth order, family size, poverty, educational choice, infant mortality, mortality rate, mortality, maternal mortality, causes of death, contemporary society, rural migration, tolerance, beliefs, religious behaviour, students, youth culture, occupational choice, socio-economic indicators, socio-economic status, psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, mental development, personality development, behavioural sciences, educational opportunities, illiteracy, fields of study, citizen participation, households, housewives, working women, personality traits, social success, social influence, social attitudes, social welfare philosophy, cultural participation, cultural activities, cultural development, social stratification, class differentiation, elite, social status, social origin, identity, class consciousness, family roles, future society, cultural behaviour, leisure time activities, social activities (leisure), epidemiology, socio-economic analysis, vital statistics, divorce rate, marriage rate, morbidity, social skills, intergroup relations, mass media use, press, sociology, social change, social systems, social progress, social interaction, cognitive processes, time methods (research), social indicators, traffic, modernization, unemployed, career, shortages, moral behaviour, political awareness, political attitudes, values, mass culture, subcultures, educational migration, social networks, hours of work, rehabilitation (offenders), health promotion, economic, social and cultural rights, social protest, crime and security, radio listening, bereavement, disadvantaged groups, exercise (physical activity), survey data


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Almquist, Y. B. (2009) Peer status in school and adult disease risk. A 30-year follow-up study of disease-specific morbidity in a Stockholm cohort. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63(12):1028-1034.

Björklund, A., Lindahl, L. & Lindquist, M. J. (2010). "What more than parental income, education and occupation? An exploration of what Swedish siblings get from their parents", The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 10 (1): 1-38.

Bäckman, O. & Nilsson, A. (2010). “Pathways to social exclusion - a life course study”, European Sociological Review 27 (1): 107-123.

Stenberg, S-Å. & Vågerö, D. (2006). "Cohort profile: The Stockholm birth cohort of 1953", International Journal of Epidemiology 35: 546-548.

Stenberg, S-Å., Vågerö, D., Österman, R., Arvidsson, E., von Otter, C. & Janson C-G. (2007). “Stockholm Birth Cohort Study 1953-2003: A new tool for life course studies”, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 35 (1): 104-110.

Stenberg, S-Å. (2013). "Född 1953 - Folkhemsbarn i forskarfokus". Umeå: Boréa förlag.
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Published: 2014-09-08
Last updated: 2021-03-22