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Out now: Major Data Update - SHARE Release 5-0-0

This new release is a major data update of all waves released by SHARE so far (Waves 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)


SHARE Newsletter No. 18

The use of SHARE data is increasing all over the world. Also the number of SHARE countries is...


Wave 1

DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w1.500

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


Release: 5.0.0

Date: May 10th 2016



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

Börsch-Supan, A. (2013). Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 1. Release version: 5.0.0. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w1.500

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:

FAQs about the SHARE dataset

Questionnaire Wave 1

SHARE Release Guide 5.0.0