Statistics on Swedish names by birth country 2020

SND-ID: 2021-272-1. Version: 1. DOI:


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Peter M. Dahlgren - University of Gothenburg, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication orcid

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - Department of Journalism, Media and Communication rorId


This dataset contains statistics on names (first names of women, first names of men, and last names) by country of birth. In total, there are 231,505 names by 202 countries. The data comes from Statistics Sweden's population statistics (name register) and refers to persons registered in Sweden on December 31st, 2020. However, some names are excluded due to confidentiality, such as names with fewer than five carriers. The data is licensed with Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) and may be used as long as Statistics Sweden is stated as the source. In this dataset, you will also find (in addition to the original data from Statistics Sweden) tidied data where the ISO code for each country has been added, as well as data in so-called wide format and long format to facilitate easier data processing.

Please see the Swedish version of the post and the README file for more information about the data.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis



Time Method

Time period(s) investigated

2020-12-31 – Ongoing

Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Aggregation
  • Data collector: Statistics Sweden
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts, Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Geographic description: Sweden's population by birth country.

Lowest geographic unit


Highest geographic unit


Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Journalism, Media and Communication


  • Funding agency: The Institute for Media Studies
Topic and keywords

Research area

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Language and linguistics (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Minorities (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Censuses (CESSDA Topic Classification)


Dahlgren, P. M. (2021). Svenskar eller utrikesfödda i medierna? – att identifiera födelseland från namn. I: L.
Truedsson (red.) Vitt eller brett? – vilka får ta plats i medier och på redaktioner. Stockholm: Institutet för
ISBN: 978-91-987098-0-3

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Published: 2021-11-02