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EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions


Data description

EU-SILC is a cross-sectional and longitudinal sample survey, coordinated by Eurostat, based on data from the EU member states. EU-SILC provides data on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions in the European Union. EU-SILC stands for 'European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions.' There are two data scopes:

  • Cross-sectional data pertaining to fixed time periods, with variables on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions, and
  • Longitudinal data pertaining to individual-level changes over time, usually observed over four years.

Social exclusion and housing-condition information is collected at household level. Income at a detailed component level is collected at personal level, with some components included in the 'Household' section. Labour, education and health observations only apply to persons aged 16 and over.

EU-SILC was established to provide data on structural indicators of social cohesion (at-risk-of-poverty rate, S80/S20 and gender pay gap) and to provide relevant data for the two 'open methods of coordination' in the field of social inclusion and pensions in Europe.


Time period

The following EU-SILC waves are available. Eurostat periodically issues revisions of earlier waves, requiring hosting institutions to replace previous versions. Dates of data revisions are indicated below.

  • EU-SILC 2015 cross-sectional (rev. 1 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2015 longitudinal (June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2014 cross-sectional (rev. 2 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2014 longitudinal (rev.1 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2013 cross-sectional (rev.3 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2013 longitudinal (rev.3 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2012 cross-sectional (rev.4 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2012 longitudinal (rev.4 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2011 cross-sectional (rev.5 / June 2017)
  • EU-SILC 2011 longitudinal (rev.4 / August 2016)
  • EU-SILC 2010 cross-sectional (rev.5 / June 2015)
  • EU-SILC 2010 longitudinal (rev.4 / August 2014)
  • EU-SILC 2009 cross-sectional (rev.6 / June 2015)
  • EU-SILC 2009 longitudinal (rev.3 / April 2013)
  • EU-SILC 2008 cross-sectional (rev.6 / June 2015)
  • EU-SILC 2008 longitudinal (rev.3 / June 2012)
  • EU-SILC 2007 cross-sectional (rev.4 / March 2011)
  • EU-SILC 2007 longitudinal (rev.3 / March 2011)
  • EU-SILC 2006 cross-sectional (rev.1 / March 2010)
  • EU-SILC 2006 longitudinal (February 2008)
  • EU-SILC 2005 cross-sectional (rev.1 / September 2009)
  • EU-SILC 2005 longitudinal (February 2008)
  • EU-SILC 2004 cross-sectional (rev.3 / June 2015)


Support links

An overview of the database is given on the Eurostat EU-SILC page.

Documentation on known data issues, data modifications and collation methodology are on the EU-SILC support platform.

GESIS (Leibnitz/Mannheim) provides transfer routines from .csv to Stata and SPSS and tools for identifying EU-SILC variables by type of data, reference period, unit of observation and mode of collection.


How to access data

Current EUI members can apply to access EU-SILC micro data as follows. Please note that the Eurostat application process can take up to two months due to clearing procedures with EU member state statistical agencies. The EUI is a Eurostat-recognised research entity.

  • From January 2017, project applications are made via the online Microdata Access Worlkflow Tool 
  • The EUI Researcher - or Principal Investigator in a research team - should create an EU Login for the project application. (It is not necessary for all members of a research team to have a login.)
  • Before completing the form, consult the Eurostat EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions description page for details of EU-SILC variables, reference years and population
  • The Principal Researcher (Section 1.1) is normally the Project Supervisor / Professor
  • The names and contact details of all individual researchers must be included in the form
  • When completing Section 6 (on secure data environment) please write to econlibrary@eui.eu for assistance
  • After receipt of the micro data access application, the Eurostat technical unit may send comments to the Principal Investigator, requesting further information
  • Eurostat sends a PDF version of the Research Application Form to the Principal Investigator of the project; to be signed by all members of the research team. The Principal Investigator should also send the PDF version for signature of the Information Specialist: econlibrary@eui.eu
  • All project participants complete a Confidentiality Declaration
  • Eurostat sends the application to the EU Member States' statistical agencies
  • If the application is approved, the applicants must also complete the online EUI Data Registration Form (selecting 'EU-SILC' from the dropdown menu) and sign the internal EUI Conditions of Use agreement
  • The Library then provides access to the data.

Eurostat informs that no other person is eligible to be part of the research project proposal. No other person can access the data. Breach of these conditions may lead to the withdrawal of the EUI's research entity recognition and the potential loss of access to Eurostat micro data by other scholars at the EUI.

The EUI is a Eurostat-recognised research entity.

EU-SILC is not available to short-term visitors at the EUI and is not available off campus.

Member State statistical agencies and Eurostat reserve the right to decline access to EU-SILC data.


Metadata support

The GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences maintains the Metadata for Official Statistics Support Portal for European micro data. Detailed metadata and documentation for EU-AES and other micro datasets are available.

The service is part of MISSY - the GESIS Microdata Information System - providing support for users of European micro data.

“MISSY pools a broad spectrum of metadata in one centralised resource. This includes information on series, such as access conditions or details on data collection in participating countries, as well as detailed information on variables such as frequencies, filter information or question wordings... Users can choose between systematic accesses via a series, the variable-over-time matrix which lists the availability of variables in table form or a thematically sorted access to all studies. Additionally selected variables can be visualised in a comparison table.”


Data Citation and disclaimer

Researchers must cite the source of EU-SILC data as follows:

"This study/report/paper is based on data from Eurostat, EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions [reference year(s)]."

The following disclaimer must be added: "The responsibility for all conclusions drawn from the data lies entirely with the author(s)."


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Contact: Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu

Page last updated on 26 June 2017