Individual Study / SHARE

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

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Initiatives -
Start Year
SHARE data collection has been funded by the European Commission through the 5th framework programme (project QLK6-CT-2001-00360 in the thematic programme Quality of Life). Further support by the European Commission through the 6th framework programme (projects SHARE-I3, RII-CT-2006-062193, as an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative, COMPARE, CIT5-CT-2005-028857, as a project in Priority 7, Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Based Society, and SHARE-LIFE (CIT4-CT-2006-028812)), through the 7th framework programme (SHARE-PREP (No 211909), SHARE-LEAP (No 227822) and M4 (No 261982) and through Horizon 2020 (SHAREDEV3 (No 676536), SERISS (No 654221), SSHOC (No 823782), RItrain (No 654156) and ERIC Forum (No 823798)) is gratefully acknowledged.


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof Axel Börsch-Supan
    Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Information is collected every 2 years. Most participating countries managed to stick to the schedule.

Marker Paper

Börsch-Supan A, Brandt M, Hunkler C, Kneip T, Korbmacher J, Malter F, Schaan B, Stuck S, Zuber S; SHARE Central Coordination Team. Data Resource Profile: the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). International Journal of Epidemiology, 2013; 42(4): 992-1001.

PUBMED 23778574


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

On the study website :

Supplementary Information

Access to the SHARE data is provided free of charge to all scientists globally. For details on how to register as a SHARE user, please visit



Selection Criteria
Minimum age
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Croatia
Ethnic Origin
Health Status
Supplementary Information
A person is excluded if she or he is incarcerated, hospitalized or out of the country during the entire survey period, unable to speak the country’s language(s) or has moved to an unknown address.


Sources of recruitment
  • General population
General Population
  • Selected sample

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
SHARE is a multinational survey, which involves differences in sampling resources between countries. Most SHARE countries have access to population registers.
Data Collection Events
# Name Description Start End
0 SHARE - Wave 1 2004-01 2004-12
1 SHARE - Wave 2 2006-01 2006-12
2 SHARE - Wave 3 2008-01 2008-12
3 SHARE - Wave 4 2010-01 2010-12
4 SHARE - Wave 5 2013-01 2013-12
5 SHARE - Wave 6 2015-02 2015-12
6 SHARE - Wave 7 2017 2017