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Swedish Work Environment Survey

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Contact information

Frida Westling
Statistics Sweden
701 89 Örebro
Phone: +468-506 944 12
Email: Frida.westling(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Open access publication in June the year after data was collected.

Type of data

Registry + Survey

Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of random or different samples

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Self-administered questionnaire

Access to data

Most data sets on social issues from Statistics Sweden is made available through the MONA-system.

Conditions of access

The registry is the primary source. On a contract basis, scientists can after initial judgement get access to anonymised primary material for their own research. Statistics Sweden can also perform special processing on a contract basis. In general, there are certain legal and other constraints for international access to primary data.

Between two and four months

The MONA system provides secure access to micro data at Statistics Sweden from an Internet connection. Here data are processed and analyzed through a rich set of applications; see below for a list of included software. Aggregated results are automatically sent to a user’s designated mail account. Users can also store intermediate results on Statistics Sweden servers for future use.

Excel, SAS, SPSS, STATA and other forms; see

Information on database is available both in Swedish and English.


Statistics Sweden has conducted safety surveys since 1989. Since 1994, the survey was carried out on behalf of the Swedish Work Environment Authority (AV) (
). The population consists of all people employed (16-64) who are registered in Sweden, approximately 4 million. The survey is conducted, in addition to a sub-sample, 10,000 to 15,000 people, from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). After completing the LFS, the interview consists of about 25 questions on health and safety conditions. A phone interview was supplemented by a postal questionnaire. The survey is conducted in the fourth quarter every two years and covers safety and health conditions in the last three months. Some variables refer to the last twelve months.


Age, occupation, gender and region

Additional questions to the Labour Force Survey followed up by a questionnaire.

Occupation, gender, region, age etc.

People aged 16 -65 (74)

The Work Environment Authority is responsible for Sweden’s work environment and work injury statistics. The work environment statistics are based on questionnaire replies from employees concerning the work environment and work-related disorders. The Work Injury Information System (ISA) contains information about reported work accidents and work-related illnesses among all employees in Sweden. This register is based on work injury reports to the Social Insurance Office under the Work Injury Insurance Act (LAF). The Work Environment Authority also produces specially processed statistics in the form of reports and statistical fact sheets. Questions to younger (16-29 years): Number of jobs in the past three years, if you think you established in the labor market, if work is consistent with the training. Questions for the elderly (50-64 years): Assessment to work until normal retirement age.


The Work Injury Information System ISA and ISCED and ILO/ISCO for occupational classification.

Good opportunities to link to official statistics and other registers as LINDA and Lisa.

Data quality

No major entry errors

The survey was conducted using the same definitions and methodology since its inception in 1989, while sample sizes have varied somewhat. By Workplace Survey is linked to the LFS, various LFS variables used as background variables. Query instrument is in substantial part the same since 1989, but some changes have been made and new subject areas have been added to highlight the new current working conditions. Major revisions were made in 1995, 1999 and 2005. In the interview introduced e.g. questions directed specifically at young people, 19-29 years and those over 50 years. The results are published in the June of the year after the collection of data as a report in AV's report series Work Statistics. It is available for download from AV's website.

High consistency over time. Some changes of selections of variables have taken place 1995, 1999 and 2005. Additional questions for the group of 19 – 29 years of age as well as for persons older than 50 years of age.


Strengths Provides important information on work environment and work quality in Sweden on an annual basis. The employer is obligated to report deaths, more serious personal injuries or serious accidents to the Swedish work Environment Authority. It should be done without delay (normally this means the following day at the latest). We then decide on priority in which accidents are first in line for examination, investigation or are handed over for legal proceedings. Even if we investigate the accident, the employer is obligated to find out the reasons for the accident and carry out measures necessary to prevent it from happening again. For more information on the working environment in English and other languages look up our web site Weaknesses Some forms of work, e.g. precarious work and temporary employment relations might be difficult to reach in this dataset.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Kenneth Abrahamsson
  • (see Partners)