Datasets

The SNC database consists of the following datasets:

  • SNC standard file: The SNC standard file includes 265 of the most important variables of the Swiss National Cohort.
  • 2000 census: All people living in Switzerland on the 5.12.2000 had to fill out several questionnaires: one for each person (personal record), one for the household (household record with information on number of people living together etc.). Additionally, house owners had to fill out a questionnaire for the building (building record (only if applicable) with information on the building, like number of flats, heating etc.).
  • 1990 census: Similar to 2000 census.
  • From 2010 onwards, the census is register-based and performed yearly. Several variables (e.g. religion, education, profession) are not included in the yearly census data anymore.
  • Mortality data: All death records from 1991 up to 2016 have been linked to the corresponding census. The records contain socio-demographic information as well as information about causes of death.
  • Population movement statistics: Since 2010, data about live births, stillbirths, marriages and divorces have also been linked to the census data.
  • Structural surveys: For the structural survey a sample of at least 200’000 residents are asked to fill out a written questionnaire each year since 2010. These structural surveys are an addition to the register-based censuses and have been linked to the SNC standard file.
  • Swiss health survey (SHS) 1992: A sample of around 15’000 persons have been asked about their health status and health-related behaviours. The SNC data was linked to the SHS data.
  • Swiss neighbourhood index (Swiss-SEP): Based on the 2000 census data and the structural surveys 2012-2015 we developed an area-based index of socio-economic position.
Datasets Number of Records Number of Variables
SNC standard file 12’194’229 265
1990 census – person records 7’086’314 102
1990 census – household records 3’139’852 161
1990 census – building records 3’223’623 66
2000 census – person records 7’452’075 172
2000 census – household records 3’429’579 204
2000 census – building records 1’465’891 48
register-based census – person records
2010 7’949’100 106
2011 8’043’683 111
2012 8’133’229 87
2013 8’232’130 87
2014 8’333’675 87
2015 8’433’220 87
2016 8’506’498 96
register-based census – household records
2011 3’562’305 60
2012 3’543’815 56
2013 3’602’197 58
2014 3’644’761 59
2015 3’691’052 61
2016 3’740’687 61
register-based census – building records
2010 1’642’622 13
2011 1’656’864 16
2012 1’670’054 24
2013 1’683’307 23
2014 1’695’769 23
2015 1’712’893 24
2016 1’730’415 20
register-based census – dwelling records
2010 4’079’060 5
2011 4’131’342 5
2012 4’177’521 10
2013 4’234’906 12
2014 4’289’428 12
2015 4’351’846 13
2016 4’420’829 13
Mortality 1991 – 2016 1’635’799 77
Population movement statistics
live birth records 2010-2016 590’301 54
still birth records 2010-2015 2’185 80
marriage records 2010-2016 291’930 50
divorce records 2011-2016 103’353 39
Structural survey – person records
2010 317’221 445
2011 282’749 450
2012 286’015 451
2013 281’990 454
2014 287’842 453
2015 269’509 313
2016 274’213 318
Structural survey – household records
2010 266’502 507
2011 238’033 512
2012 242’266 516
2013 239’299 519
2014 243’236 519
2015 231’618 363
2016 236’463 368
Structural survey – household member records
2010 688’792 183
2011 626’327 184
2012 639’260 189
2013 627’850 189
2014 636’655 189
2015 607’645 96
2016 616’549 101
Swiss health survey 1992
Telephone questionnaire 15’288 454
Written questionnaire 10’792 167
Swiss neighbourhood index 2012-15 1’540’584 8