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Wave 1

DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w1.600

In order to access the data, please review the information here.


Release: 6.0.0

Date: March 31st 2017



When using data from this dataset, please cite the dataset as follows:

Börsch-Supan, A. (2017). Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 1. Release version: 6.0.0. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w1.600

Please also cite the following publications in addition to the SHARE acknowledgement:



Eleven European countries have contributed data to the 2004 SHARE baseline study. They constitute a balanced representation of the various regions in Europe, ranging from Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden) through Central Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands) to the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy and Greece). Israel joined the SHARE framework in late 2004, being the first country in the Middle East to initiate a systematic study of its aging population.

This SHARE main questionnaire consists of 20 modules on health, socio-economics and social networks. All data are collected by face-to-face, computer-aided personal interviews (CAPI), supplemented by a self-completion paper and pencil questionnaire.


Further information:

SHARE Release Guide 5.0.0

Questionnaires Wave 1

FAQs about the SHARE dataset