Statistics and democracy
Richard Öhrvall
Statistics Sweden
Source: SCB, election statistics, 1872
Source: SCB, General
elections 1994, part 1
Statistics Sweden’s Election statistics map
Voter turnout in elections to the Riksdag 1911-2010
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 19...
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
Men
Women
Voter turnout in electio...
50
55
60
65
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010
Post secondary
Primary and lower
secondary
Upper secondary...
50
55
60
65
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
Women
Men
Voter turnout in elections to ...
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
1970 1976 1982 1988 1994 2002 2010
County Councils
The Riksdag
Municipals
Percentage of women, elected...
Percentage of women, by political position,
within municipalities, 2007 and 2011
Percent
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
Su...
Today: 5 trends
1. Statistics is gaining popularity
and new ways to gain knowledge
2. New tools
3. Better access to data
4. Increasing nonresponse and
new ways to collect data
5. Easier to share information
Reports,
analyses
Tables,
databases
Microdata
Data Users
The national statistical office can
play a more active role in the
public debate…
…but are we ready and willing to
play th...
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Seminar: Statistics and democracy

  1. 1. Statistics and democracy Richard Öhrvall Statistics Sweden
  2. 2. Source: SCB, election statistics, 1872
  3. 3. Source: SCB, General elections 1994, part 1
  4. 4. Statistics Sweden’s Election statistics map
  5. 5. Voter turnout in elections to the Riksdag 1911-2010 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 91,8% Women entitled to vote Percent Year +2,6
  6. 6. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Men Women Voter turnout in elections to the Riksdag 1911-2010, by sex Percent Year
  7. 7. 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 Post secondary Primary and lower secondary Upper secondary Voter turnout in elections to the Riksdag, 18-74 years, by educational attainment, 1988-2010 Percent Year
  8. 8. 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 Women Men Voter turnout in elections to the Riksdag 2010, by sex and age Percent Age
  9. 9. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 1970 1976 1982 1988 1994 2002 2010 County Councils The Riksdag Municipals Percentage of women, elected to the Riksdag, County Councils and Municipal Councils, 1970-2010 Percent Year
  10. 10. Percentage of women, by political position, within municipalities, 2007 and 2011 Percent 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Substitute Member Vice chair Chair 2007 2011
  11. 11. Today: 5 trends
  12. 12. 1. Statistics is gaining popularity and new ways to gain knowledge
  13. 13. 2. New tools
  14. 14. 3. Better access to data
  15. 15. 4. Increasing nonresponse and new ways to collect data
  16. 16. 5. Easier to share information
  17. 17. Reports, analyses Tables, databases Microdata Data Users
  18. 18. The national statistical office can play a more active role in the public debate… …but are we ready and willing to play that role?
  19. 19. Statistics and democracy Richard Öhrvall Statistics Sweden

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