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BPLSE2 is a 9-digit numeric variable.

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BPLSE2 indicates the person's parish of birth within Sweden. This variable is a nine digit code which is stable over time.

This code is based upon the official Swedish six digit code for county, municipality and parish -- the SCB-code. This code has been used for administrative and statistical purposes since the beginning of the 1950s. The extended code was invented in the early nineties to keep track of subsequent generations of SCB-codes, where, for example, a parish was split and one of the parts inherited the old code. It is used extensively in the archival community to identify parish and fiscal records and as a means of linking to other records within a number of archival information systems, in particular the national system ARKIS-II.

The coding table used in the IPUMS data file is more extensive than the one used by the National Archives. Certain codes for non-territorial parishes, such as military establishments, hospitals, prisons and asylums have been added, as well as codes for parishes that were merged into larger parishes during the 19th century. These new codes will be inserted into the official National Archives table upon verification.

Comparability — General

This code could be used to make geographical comparisons between Censuses from different years (1880, 1890 and 1900). It could also be used to link persons between Census years.


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  • Sweden: 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910