In December 2011 the Swedish government commissioned a preliminary study concerning the development of national equality data. The task to conduct the study was given to the Swedish Equality Ombudsman (EO). The study was to examine those methods that might be suitable for collecting data in relation to five of the seven discrimination grounds in the Discrimination Act (age and sex were excluded from the study) as well as in relation to the five recognized national minorities.
The government articulated two main reasons for such a study. The first reason is previous international criticism concerning the lack of disaggregated data that could shed light on the living conditions of different protected groups. The second reason is that the lack of disaggregated data according to different discrimination grounds or belonging to a recognized national minority constitutes an obstacle to formulating and following up the national equality policy.
The main objective of the study is to examine if it would be possible to use the Survey on Living Conditions (ULF/SILC) for the production of equality data, thus including in the Survey new variables that would correspond to five discrimination grounds as well as to belonging to a national minority and use of a national minority language.