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The REMESO Longitudinal Database on labour market, migration, firms, school, housing and neighbourhoods


The REMESO database is a register-based database that contains information about all individuals, schools, dwellings and companies in Sweden.
The REMESO database is based on Statistics Sweden's annual registerdata and consists of five parts:
(1) A population register containing information about all individuals who were registered in Sweden as of 31 December for each year;
(2) Longitudinal Integration Database for Health Insurance and Labor Market Studies (LISA);
(3) A business register with information about all economically active companies and organizations in Sweden , whether they belong to the private or public sector;
(4) A school register with information about all elementary schools and upper secondary schools, including student grades;
(5) A real estate register containing microdata administrative and longitudinal information on all properties, buildings, addresses and apartments in Sweden.


Social exclusion/inclusion, Welfare , Work


The Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) possesses a longitudinal database that integrates different annual registers since 1990 to 2015 from Statistics Sweden (SCB).
Specifically, the REMESO database consists of five parts:
1. The first part of the REMESO database is based on the population registers from SCB. It includes information about the year of birth, country of birth, immigration and citizenship status of all individuals who were registered in Sweden as of 31 December for each year. From this part of the dataset, information on households may also be constructed. This part of the dataset provides also information about the municipality of residence, including georeferenced information about the neighbourhood (SAMS: “Small Areas for. Market Statistics”), and individual geographical coordinates (within 100×100 meter cells).
2. The second part of the REMESO database is based on the LISA registers (Longitudinal Integration Database for Health Insurance and Labour Force Studies) from SCB. It includes demographic and socioeconomic information (including employment status, income sources including all welfare transfers, employment status, profession and sector of employment) for all individuals aged 16 and older who were registered in Sweden as of 31 December for each year.
3. The third part of the REMESO database is based on the firm register from SCB. It contains detailed information on full accounting data for all Swedish firms (e.g., value added and capital stock), including firms’ foundation year, number of employees (divided by educational level), as well as industry affiliation.
4. The fourth part of the REMESO database is based on the Swedish school grade registries from SCB. It contains information about the school of enrolment for each pupil of Swedish primary and high schools, including school grades for maths, Swedish (with a separate variable for Swedish as a second language), and the so-called meritvärde (i.e. the sum of the student’s 16 best school grades, out of around 20, in the 9th grade).
5. The fifth part of the REMESO database is based on the on the dwelling stock statistics are based on the national Dwelling Register. This last part of the database contains information about the type of building, period of construction, type of ownership, tenure, size, geographical coordinates (including neighbourhood).


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2008 - 2024


FAS/FORTE Research environment funding

REMESO Project Leader

Martin Klinthäll, Associate professor

Scientifically Responsible

Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Professor

Participants from REMESO

Anders Neergaard
Kristoffer Jutvik
Olav Nygård
Zoran Slavnic

Participants not from REMESO

  • Aliaksei Kazlou, Dept. of Management and Engineering, Linköping University

Contact for project


Last updated: 2021-03-22

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Last updated: 2020-05-27