Purpose and background

With the help of the apartment register, Statistics Sweden (new window, in Swedish) can produce household and housing statistics simpler, cheaper and at shorter intervals than before, without conducting the comprehensive population and housing censuses that have previously been conducted every five years, no later than 1990.

In order for the statistics to be produced, it is also necessary to Skatteverket (new window, in Swedish) complements the population register with the apartment numbers in the apartment register. The work with this was carried out during the years 2010 and 2011 and means that the population register is now on a residential apartment instead of just on a property.

Simpler and cheaper

Statistics on how we live are needed to provide good basis for decisions and research. Finland Dan land and Norway are already taking up such statistics by using the registry.

According to a parliamentary decision of 1995 should censuses continue to build on information from an apartment register. Then households and property owners do not have to fill in questionnaires. The municipalities also do not have to receive and handle the forms. With an apartment register, it will also be cheaper for society to produce household and housing statistics.

Three stages

The road to register-based household and housing statistics consists of several stages.

  • First collected Lantmäteriet entered information about the country's housing and established the apartment register. This work was completed in the autumn of 2010.
  • Since then, the Swedish Tax Agency has registered the population on the home instead of, as today, only on the property. This work was completed in the autumn of 2011.
  • Thus, Statistics Sweden can now continuously produce current statistics on households and housing.

Government assignments and final report for the apartment register regarding new uses for the apartment register.

EU requires statistics

The EU has decided that all Member States must produce this type of statistic. A binding decree for the member states stipulates that the countries must produce a so-called census, a population and housing census.

Regular censuses have been conducted in Sweden since the mid-18th century and housing censuses since the 1910s. From 1960, the censuses have been coordinated in so-called census and housing censuses.

Over time, more and more data in the census and housing censuses could be collected via various registers in society. al welfare policy and research.

The only area in a traditional population and housing census that to date has not been able to be covered by collection via registers is data on households and housing. Such information has been collected every five years, partly with the help of questionnaires to property owners and people over the age of 15, and partly from existing administrative and statistical registers. The last time such a population and housing census was conducted was in 1990.

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