Cohort Profile: the HUNT Study, Norway

Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;42(4):968-77. doi: 10.1093/ije/dys095. Epub 2012 Aug 9.


The HUNT Study includes large total population-based cohorts from the 1980ies, covering 125 000 Norwegian participants; HUNT1 (1984-86), HUNT2 (1995-97) and HUNT3 (2006-08). The study was primarily set up to address arterial hypertension, diabetes, screening of tuberculosis, and quality of life. However, the scope has expanded over time. In the latest survey a state of the art biobank was established, with availability of biomaterial for decades ahead. The three population based surveys now contribute to important knowledge regarding health related lifestyle, prevalence and incidence of somatic and mental illness and disease, health determinants, and associations between disease phenotypes and genotypes. Every citizen of Nord-Trøndelag County in Norway being 20 years or older, have been invited to all the surveys for adults. Participants may be linked in families and followed up longitudinally between the surveys and in several national health- and other registers covering the total population. The HUNT Study includes data from questionnaires, interviews, clinical measurements and biological samples (blood and urine). The questionnaires included questions on socioeconomic conditions, health related behaviours, symptoms, illnesses and diseases. Data from the HUNT Study are available for researchers who satisfy some basic requirements (, whether affiliated in Norway or abroad.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cohort Studies*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Specimen Handling / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult