Data Resource Profile: The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)

Int J Epidemiol. 2015 Apr;44(2):451-61. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv069. Epub 2015 May 6.


Social and economic policies are inextricably linked with population health outcomes in Europe, yet few datasets are able to fully explore and compare this relationship across European countries. The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey aims to address this gap using microdata on income, living conditions and health. EU-SILC contains both cross-sectional and longitudinal elements, with nationally representative samples of individuals 16 years and older in 28 European Union member states as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Data collection began in 2003 in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg and Austria, with subsequent expansion across Europe. By 2011, all 28 EU member states, plus three others, were included in the dataset. Although EU-SILC is administered by Eurostat, the data are output-harmonized so that countries are required to collect specified data items but are free to determine sampling strategies for data collection purposes. EU-SILC covers approximately 500,000 European residents for its cross-sectional survey annually. Whereas aggregated data from EU-SILC are publicly available [], microdata are only available to research organizations subject to approval by Eurostat. Please refer to [] for further information regarding microdata access.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • European Union / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Conditions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Social Welfare / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult