Introduction to Danish (nationwide) registers on health and social issues: structure, access, legislation, and archiving

Scand J Public Health. 2011 Jul;39(7 Suppl):12-6. doi: 10.1177/1403494811399956.


Danish registers contain information on many important health and social issues. Because all Danish citizens have a unique personal identification number, linkage at the individual level between these nationwide registers and other data sources is possible and feasible. In this paper we briefly introduce selected Danish registers and the data structure and requirements forgetting access to data at Statistics Denmark, which is the main provider of register data. We introduce the Danish Data Archive and briefly present the Act on Processing of Personal Data, which is the legal foundation for analyses of register-based data in Denmark.

MeSH terms

  • Confidentiality / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Humans
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Population Surveillance
  • Privacy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Public Health*
  • Registries* / ethics
  • Registries* / standards
  • Research
  • Socioeconomic Factors*