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The Population

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The Population

These statistics show the size, composition and development of the population in Denmark. The purpose of the statistics is to analyze and enlighten the size, composition of the population in Denmark. The purpose is to contribute information about the for planning in relation to the state , the regions, the municipalities or for private users/firms. The population is electronic available from the 1. of January 1976.

Statistical presentation

The population statistics is normally a quarterly inventory of the resident population in Denmark, but in connection with the Corona crisis, the number of deaths is disseminated on a weekly basis by date of death, age group and region. The statistics usually shows the population at the time of reference and the movements of the population, such as births, deaths and relocations, etc. in the period. The statistics are divided into gender, age, marital status and municipality of residence. The statistics are based on the CPR register from which Statistics Denmark receives daily data. The statistics are disseminated in Statistics Denmark's Statbank and in News from Statistics Denmark (in Danish only).

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Statistical processing

The source of the statistics is Statistic Denmark's population register, which daily receives a outdraw which include information about the events such as removals, emi-/immigrations, births and deaths from CPR (Central Person Register)

At the end of the quarter Statistics Denmark extract the population at the municipality level which is published by age and sex and citizenship in Statbank Denmark in the matrice FOLK1.

Input data is not check for errors. Corrections from the source CPR (Central Person Register) will be updated in the database when they arrive.

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Municipalities, countries, government department and other national organizations which want to take advantage of the statistical field of persons in order to improve the planning.

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Accuracy and reliability

The statistics is based on the population registered in CPR (Central Person Register). It is in general taken at being very good.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are normally published each quarter about 45 days after the end of the quarter. Information about children's weight, length and multiple and number of stillbirths is information that comes from The Danish Health Data Authority, which is very irregularly released.

The weekly publication of deaths comes five days after the reference week.

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In compiling the statistics, the circumstance that the occurrence of the events is reported to the central Population register with some delay, is taken into account. As the local register rationalize in the procedure for reporting the event will be reported earlier than before. I the 4. quarter of 1992 shorten the period which Statistics Denmark wait for the delayed reports from 40 to 30 days. In other countries which base the population on register can this period of delay vary.

The municipality reform in Denmark i 2007, reduced the number of municipalities from 271 to 98. For around of these new large municipalities is it not possible to compare before and after 2007 as some of the old municipalities is split up and each part is united with each 2 of the new municipalities. The municipality is after the reform in 2007 is classified as LAU1.

The population calculated by the longitudinal register (Lifelines) includes slightly fewer people than Statistics Denmark's population register. This is because the register is based solely on the time of the incident without taking into account the time of updating in CPR, which Statistics Denmark's population register takes into account, and which means that the population is slightly underestimated as not all registered emigrations are corrected here.

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published in the Statbank under Population in Denmark and in a Danish press release.

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