The Danish Civil Registration System

Scand J Public Health. 2011 Jul;39(7 Suppl):22-5. doi: 10.1177/1403494810387965.


Introduction: The Danish Civil Registration System (CRS) was established in 1968, and all persons alive and living in Denmark were registered for administrative use.

Content: CRS includes individual information on the unique personal identification number, name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, identity of parents and continuously updated information on vital status, place of residence and spouses.

Validity and coverage: Since 1968, CRS has recorded current and historical information on all persons living in Denmark. Among persons born in Denmark in 1960 or later it contains complete information on maternal identity. For women born in Denmark in April 1935 or later it contains complete information on all their children. CRS contains complete information on immigrations and emigrations from 1969 onwards, permanent residence in a Danish municipality from 1971 onwards, and full address in Denmark from 1977 onwards.

Conclusion: CRS in connection with other registers and biobanks will continue to provide the basis for significant knowledge relevant to the aetiological understanding and possible prevention of human diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Demography*
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Denmark / ethnology
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Registries*
  • Vital Statistics*