Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.4, No.1, 1988. pp. 3546

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Statistics for Regional and Local Planning in Sweden

We give some applications of new techniques for collecting and presenting statistics for urban and regional planning and for managing natural resources. Maps, aerial photos, and to some extent satellite data have been used in recent years as sources for land-use statistics. For urban areas large-scale maps from the 1960–1980 censuses have been combined with other maps and aerial photos to provide different types of statistics, a) areas of urban expansion into agricultural land, b) “areas of common access” for recreation that surround larger urban areas, and c) land-use statistics. Our small-area statistics for local planning are based on censuses and national administrative registers equipped with adequate identifiers. The basic registers are: central population register, central business register, and central real property register. The most common geographical divisions in our statistics are county and municipality. A “key-code system” was designed in 1968 to produce small-area statistics and has gradually expanded since then. Geocoding can also be done via the coordinates of every real-estate unit.

Maps as data sources; urban expansion; areas for recreation; urban land-use; small-area statistics; integration of national registers; key-code system; coordinates.

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