Swiss National Cohort (SNC)

The Swiss National Cohort (SNC) is a long-term, population based multipurpose cohort and research platform. The current version of the SNC is based on census data from 1990 and 2000 that were linked to mortality, life birth and emigration records until 2019, and to the newly introduced register-based census and annual structural surveys from 2010 onward. The SNC enables research in a wide range of Public Health subjects, in particular in combination with other longitudinal or environmental data.

The Swiss National Cohort is a collaboration of the Public Health institutes in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich. The SNC was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). From 2022, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) takes over the SNC data.


  • build up, maintain and yearly extend the first nationwide cohort
  • provide an evolving, multi-faceted research platform
  • offer other cohorts and clinical databases expertise in record linkage and information on socio-economic status

The huge cohort SNC was built to provide a platform for a broad range of research projects. To get an idea of the past and current topics have a look at the publications list (see «Further information»).

We welcome new project ideas! If you’d like to use SNC data, please have a look at the different documents on this website. Please contact us at:

Further information


Data order



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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
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