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Wave 6


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


Release: 7.1.0

Date: 26th June 2020



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

Börsch-Supan, A. (2019). Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 6. Release version: 7.1.0. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w6.710

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

Malter, F. and A. Börsch-Supan (Eds.) (2017). SHARE Wave 6: Panel innovations and collecting Dried Blood Spots. Munich: Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA).

Börsch-Supan, A., Brandt, M., Hunkler, C., Kneip, T., Korbmacher, J., Malter, F., Schaan, B., Stuck, S. and Zuber, S. (2013). Data Resource Profile: The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). International Journal of Epidemiology DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyt088.



The fieldwork of the Sixth Wave of SHARE was completed in November 2015. For the second time after Wave 4, the scientific release of Wave 6 contains items on the respondents’ social network. The release also contains new generated variable modules like gv_children. Additionally, Croatia participated in SHARE Wave 6 for the first time. The following countries are part of the scientific release:

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Fieldwork outcomes are published in the SHARE Wave 6 Compliance Profiles. The Release Guide 6.0.0 contains important information for data usage. Both documents can be downloaded below.


Further information:

SHARE Release Guide 7.1.1 (PDF)

Questionnaires Wave 6

FAQs about the SHARE dataset

SHARE Compliance Profiles - Wave 6