The Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR) is a multidisciplinary unit at Umeå University, with a commitment to support, strengthen and stimulate research on population and ageing. It is the home of the Demographic Data Base (DDB), established 1973, which has a commission under the auspices of the Swedish government to digitize and give access to historic population data for research. The infrastructure section has vast experience of database building, data processing, software design and dissemination of data to researchers.

The research section (until 2014 the Centre for Population Studies, CPS) includes more than 30 scholars from the fields of history, economic history, social work, statistics, sociology, geography and epidemiology studying demography and ageing mainly from a multidisciplinary perspective. In 2005 the CPS was awarded a 5 year Strong Research Environment Excellence Grant by the Swedish Research Council, focused on research on large databases. In 2006 it was followed by a 10 year Linnaeus Grant for research on ageing and living conditions, also this grant centered around access to high quality databases for population research.

The DDB databases are built to serve academic researchers from all disciplines without restrictions and there are established for user support and service. Customized datasets are produced and distributed through specified contracts, nationally and internationally. The main databases are POPUM and POPLINK, with longitudinal population data collected from parish records and TABVERK with

The centre is a unit within the faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University. Long-term management and scientific development is supervised by a selected board, nominated by the faculties, the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish National Archives. The construction of the databases has over the years been funded by external grants from RJ, VR and its predecessors, along with a significant contribution from Umeå University.


Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University

The Centre for Economic Demography (CED) includes more than thirty scholars active in the fields of economic history, economics, social medicine, social work and statistics who are involved in research on economic and social issues connected to demography, from modern as well as historic aspects and with international comparative perspectives.

In 2006, the CED was awarded one of the first twenty so called Linnaeus Grants – a new form of long-term research funding financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) directed towards specifically strong research environments. The Linnaeus Grant, awarded after national competition between applicants from all research fields, provided the Centre with a ten-year research funding and a Research School that during these ten years trained new talented scholars in the area of economic demography.

In addition, the CED has had research programs and projects funded by several national and international research agencies. It also manages several individual-level longitudinal databases of which the Scanian Economic Demographic Database (SEDD) covers the period 1646 until today. In addition to regularly arranged doctoral courses, the CED takes part in national and international educational programs at PhD and Master levels.

The Centre is a unit at the Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM). Its board is appointed by the dean of LUSEM after consultations with the deans of the Medical and Social Sciences Faculties.



The Swedish National Archives is the official archival institution for the Swedish government and its public authorities.  Its main task is to preserve and ensure future access to information in a manner which guarantees content, context and authenticity. In accordance with Swedish law, most documents are available to the public.

The archive holdings – in 2017 amounting to approximately 730 shelf kilometers – consist mainly of paper documents, but it also includes large collections of parchment, maps, drawings and audiovisual collections. The digital media collection consists, among other things, of 200 million digitally stored images. The amount of documents is increasing continuously as new documents are delivered by the Cabinet Office and other central agencies. In addition, the National Archives stores personal archives, as well as archives of associations and companies.

As such, the National Archives is a key player in the national research infrastructure. Academic research is increasingly using digital tools for analysis. This means that researchers need access to the National Archives’ material in novel ways. Since 2017, the National Archives prioritizes digital accessibility and digital information infrastructures in its research program.


The Stockholm City Archives has been the municipal archive for the City of Stockholm since the middle ages. In 1930 it became a regional archive for Stockholm within the Swedish National Archive organization.  Today,  regional records, inluding church and tax records, make up about half of the holdings. The City Archives also keeps records from associations, corporations and private individuals. In total, about 90 km of documents and millions of drawings and maps are stored and made accessible to about 50.000 visitors a year, as well as hundreds of thousands of web users.

The City Archives has been actively cooperating  with the scientific community since the 1970s, mainly in the history , economic history and human geography fields. The Stockholms Historiska Databas department (Stockholm Historical Database, SHD), was responsible for a number of transcription and indexing projects, first and foremost the Roteman database. Following a reorganization in 2008 the further processing and dissemination of research databases, as well as scientific cooperation in general, is a shared task within the City Archives, sometimes with special grants from the city or from scientific foundations. In recent years the City Archives has been actively participating in National Archives projects such as SweCens and NAPP.