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Digitized data from the 18th and 19th centuries have proven to be an invaluable resource for research on people's lives and changes in society over time. However, microdata from the early 20th century was for long not available.

To meet the demands, the Demographic Data Base built the database POPLINK containing population data from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, up until around 1950 for a number of parishes in the northern Västerbotten and for Umeå city and county parishes between 1900-1950.

Thanks to the cooperation with SCB, data in POPLINK can be linked to other Swedish population- and research registers, including data until present day. Since POPLINK includes personal data according to the GDPR, data is only disseminated after a vetting procedure, in some cases also involving an ethical approval from the Swedish the Swedish Ethical Review Authority (Etikprövningsmyndigheten).

Read more about POPLINK:
Westberg Annika, Elisabeth Engberg, and Sören Edvinsson. 2016. A Unique Source for Innovative Longitudinal Research: The POPLINK Database. Historical Life Course Studies 3 (March):20-31. 

Latest update: 2022-01-14