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The HUNT Study

The HUNT Study

Initiatives -
The study was primarily set up to address arterial hypertension, diabetes, screening of tuberculosis, and quality of life. However, the scope has expanded over time. In the latest survey a state of the art biobank was established, with availability of biomaterial for decades ahead. Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.
Start Year
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Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Since 1984 NTNU’s Medical Faculty conducts periodic comprehensive population health surveys – the HUNT Study – a longitudinal population health survey in Norway and has four phases (HUNT-1,2,2,4).

Marker Paper

Krokstad S, Langhammer A, Hveem K, et al. Cohort Profile: the HUNT Study, Norway. Int J Epidemiol. 2013;42(4):968‐977. doi:10.1093/ije/dys095

PUBMED 22879362


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals
  • Families

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples


Availability of data and biosamples


Supplementary Information

The HUNT Study includes data from questionnaires, interviews, clinical measurements and biological samples (blood and urine). Data from the HUNT Study are available for researchers who satisfy some basic requirements (, whether affiliated in Norway or abroad.HUNT Biobank is an established and modern research biobank with high-technology equipment for storage, analysis, sample handling and delivery of samples. Our samples shall satisfy high quality standards and are stored in accordance with the Data Inspectorates laws and regulations. HUNT Biobank engages in sample handling from The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT), Cohort of Norway (CONOR), and can receive samples from other researchers and research projects for storage, analysis and processing of DNA. We do not store samples from private individuals.



The HUNT Study includes large total population-based cohorts from the 1980ies, covering 123 000 Norwegian participants; HUNT1 (1984-86), HUNT2 (1995-97) and HUNT3 (2006-08) and now HUNT4 (2017-2019).
Selection Criteria
  • Norway
Ethnic Origin
Health Status


Sources of recruitment
  • General population
General Population
  • Volunteer enrolment

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Events
# Name Description Start End
0 wave 1984 1986
1 wave 1995 1997
2 wave 2006 2008
3 wave Wearable device for measuring physical activity: AX3 (Axivity, Newcastle, UK) 2018 2019