SHARE: 50+ in Europe - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

The Survey

The ratio of older people to total population is higher in Europe than on any other continent – the phenomenon of population ageing will continue well into this century. SHARE (also called "50+ in Europe") is the first study of its kind to examine the different ways in which people aged 50 and older live. 27 EU member states as well as Israel are part of the survey. The data are collected every second year and started in 2004 with the 1st wave. In 2017 the data for wave 7 were collected and SHARE is set to end in 2023 with the 10th and final wave.

The Questionnaire

Based on probability samples in all participating countries, SHARE represents the non-institutionalized population aged 50 and older. The SHARE questionnaires contain information regarding demography, social participation, health and socio-economic status. All questionnaires – both the generic and country specific versions – can be found on SHARE's official website.


Statistics Denmark (DST Survey) collect the interviews for the Danish part of the SHARE survey, DST SURVEY. SDU has been collaborating with DST Survey (previously SFI Survey) since the very first data collection in 2004.

SDU also collaborates with several other Danish universities and research institutions, please see REGLINK-SHAREDK for more information.

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