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Sweden could include non-binary gender in official statistics

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Published: 23.Mar.2019 18:05 hrs

The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) is considering implementing a third gender designation in official statistics.

The authority is considering the measure in an effort to increase inclusiveness in national data, broadcaster SVT reports.

“The purpose of official statistics is to describe society in various ways. For this to be relevant to society, it is important for all users to be able to see themselves as part of it. A binary concept of man and woman is not how all people see themselves,” Lars Grönvik, head of department at the National Board of Health and Welfare, told SVT.

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