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The purpose was to investigate experienced loneliness among the elderly The material included 1725 people, aged 75 and over The study describes relationships between loneliness, social network, cognitive function and health Thirty-five per cent experienced loneliness, and a higher percentage was found among women A gradual increase in loneliness was found up to the age of 90, after which a levelling was found Elderly persons living together with a partner experienced less loneliness There were no significant differences between those with and without children Ten per cent reported not having any friends and of these, one out of two experienced loneliness A high frequency of experienced loneliness was found among elderly people with reduced cognitive function Subjectively experienced bad health and loneliness were strongly related to each other, i e a person who experienced loneliness did usually not feel completely healthy