Table 1

Descriptive information on databases included in the analyses
Country Mortality data Survey data
Type of data Follow-up period No of person yrs at risk Year No. of respondents
Western Europe
Belgium Longitudinal 1991–1996 24861015 1997/2001 18481
Switzerland Longitudinal 1990–2000 27910587 NA NA
Nordic countries
Sweden Longitudinal 1991–2000 43042216 2000/2001 11484
Finland Longitudinal 1990–2000 25874201 1994/’96/’98/’00/’02’04 20371
Denmark Longitudinal 1996–2000 13926290 2000 16690
Norway Longitudinal 1990–2000 19956767 2002 6827
Southern Europe
Italy (Turin) Longitudinal 1991–2001 4873109 1999/2000 118245
Spain (Barcelona) Longitudinal 1992–2001 8151810
Spain (Madrid region) Longitudinal 1996–1997 3663332 2001 20748
Spain (Basque country) CS* linked 1996–2001 6098457
Baltic region
Estonia CS* unlinked 1998–2002 3435255 2002/2004 4376
Lithuania CS* linked 2000–2002 5156703 1994/’96/’98/’00/’02/’04 11647
Central and Eastern Europe
Slovenia Longitudinal 1991–2000 9647451 2002 1489
Poland CS* unlinked 2001–2003 54883245 NA NA
Czech republic CS* unlinked 1999–2003 25761450 2002 2476
Hungary CS* unlinked 1999–2002 21031348 2000/2003 10532

NA Not available.

*CS=Cross-sectional, †Survey data represent the whole of Italy and Spain.

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