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Map of the Month - Using grid data in order to relate Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Dementia Incidence in Northern Sweden.

2015Aug_Air_pollution_Dementia_IncidenceScientists from Umeå University in Sweden have over a 15 year period assessed the relation between long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and dementia incidence. The study was carried out in Umeå, one of the Swedish cities where air quality in the city's central areas was worse than the European air quality standards (limit values) ​​for nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter.

Making use of a 50 m x 50 m grid with annual mean nitrogen oxide levels in combination with the residential address of 2000 participants showed a geographical pattern. Most of the 300 dementia incidences were located in the more polluted centre compared to the city outskirts.


Nordic conference in Stockholm
The NFGS 2015 conference i to be held in Stockholm at Statistics Sweden 9th and 10th of September. More information may be found at own conference page.

EFGS 2015 Vienna conference

The EFGS 2015 Vienna Conference is to be held from 10th-12th November 2015 at Hotel Mercure Wien Westbahnhof in Vienna, Austria. This year's conference will be hosted by Statistics Austria with the support from Eurostat and in co-operation with the Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV). 

Please visit our conference website which provides you with further information on the conference details, the location as well as other useful travel information. The registration can be done via the conference website.

If you have any questions please contact the local EFGS2015 team at 



New dataset released 

The 2011 (and 2006) population grid dataset can be found here. The GEOSTAT projects, with the aim to map the European Population on a 1km² grid-net, has completed its first and second (1A and 1B) iteration and released a new European grid dataset for the reference year 2006. The data set combines national data from the GEOSTAT consortium and voluntary contributions from several NSIs with disaggregated grid data for those countries where national data were not available. The GEOSTAT project was supported by Eurostat within the Framework of the ESSnet program ( ).

Call for global action - A voluntary cooperation  


EFGS call for action to establish a Global Forum for Geography and Statistics (GFGS).  
After the Lisbon 2011 conference the goal has been to cover the whole world of NSIs and NMAs interested in the true integration of geograhy and statistics. The EFGS has taken the initiative to establish a Task Force for Global Forum for Geography and Statistics


Conferences and membership

The 7th EFGS Conference " Together now for a better future"  was held on 22-24 October, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. The conference was a great sucsess due to excellent hosting and hospitality by Statistics Poland. Conference photos are available here

There are no bindings to membership, but national contact persons have to be employees at national statistical institutes (NSIs) or mapping/cadastre agencies (NMCAs).
All members are invited to annual conferences.  

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