Official Statistics of Sweden

The National Library of Sweden (KB) is designated by the government to be responsible for official statistics within the field of libraries. These libraries, whether wholly or partially funded by public funds, are included in KB's purview.

As an authority, KB is responsible for ensuring that:

  • the statistics are objective
  • the statistics are documented
  • the statistics are quality assured

Free to Use

Library statistics are available in electronic form and are completely free to use. The symbol below denotes that it is part of Sweden's official statistics.

Please note that the symbol may not be used in further processing of the official statistics.

Network of Authorities

There are currently 29 authorities in Sweden responsible for official statistics, of which KB is one. Statistics Sweden (SCB) is responsible for coordinating and supporting the system for official statistics.

It is the authorities themselves who determine which variables and objects should be investigated and reported. The authorities also decide which methods should be used to achieve the desired quality.

For more information on what official statistics entail and which authorities are part of the network, please visit the Statistics Sweden (SCB) website.

International Statistics

KB provides Sweden's official library statistics to IFLA, a global organization for the library and information sector, for publication in the Library Map of the World Länk till annan webbplats.. KB also provides statistics to Public Libraries 2030 Länk till annan webbplats., a European organization promoting libraries.

Library Statistics 2023

Visit Retrieve statistics for the latest library statistics.

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