The cohort size is currently 51,535 people (gene donors) from 18 years of age and up, which closely reflects the age, sex and geographical distribution of the Estonian population. Estonians represent 83%, Russians 14% and other nationalities 3%.
All of the subjects are recruited randomly by general practitioners (GP) and physicians in hospitals. The subjects are individuals who would like to join the Estonian biobank after hearing about it in special promotion events, media, friends, etc. or visiting GP offices or hospitals for other reasons.
51,535 as per March 2014.