Webinar 4: Register based statistics: Where a population register, and unique identification system is in place

Kind of event
Joint Partner
BAG, UNSD, Paris21

​Areas to be covered

  • The Swedish register-based census: Rationale, approaches, pros and cons and key experiences and lessons learnt.
  • Register-based censuses in the Nordic countries (i.e. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway) – summary of approaches, timelines, lessons etc.
  • Lessons from Austria; journey to Register based census in ten years Plus linking Identifiable records.


Margareta Carlsson has worked at Statistics Sweden since 1998, with statistics on wages, salaries, labor costs and structural business statistics and the last nine years with population, migration and census statistics. She worked with Sweden’s first fully register-based census (2011) and will be the project leader for the Census 2021. She was a national expert at Eurostat in 2002, working with the ad-hoc module in the Labor Force Survey. She is now a member of the task force on future EU censuses at Eurostat, who is currently working on the new framework regulation on population, census and migration.

Ian Cope worked at the UK Office for National Statistics for nearly 30 years; was responsible for the operational aspects of the 2011 Census in England and Wales; and was, until 2018, the Census Director for the 2021 Census. He also had responsibility for the ONS’ 'Admin Data Census' which seeks to explore the use of admin data to supplement the census after 2021. From August 2018 until February 2020 Ian was one of eight members of the New Zealand 2018 Census External Data Quality Assurance Panel as their ‘International Census Expert’ https://www.stats.govt.nz/news/2018-census-external-data-quality-panel-confirmed.

Useful Materials

Presentation Documents and Links
The Swedish register-based census pptx
Register-based censuses pre-requisites, advantages & disadvantages. The Nordic Countries experience pptx
Recorded Webinars mov