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MISSOC: Social Protection in the EU Member States and the European Economic Area

The Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSOC) was established in 1990 to promote a continuous exchange of information on social protection among the EU Member States. MISSOC has become the central information source on social protection legislation in all Member States of the European Union and countries of the European Economic Area (EEA).

MISSOC produces regularly updated comparatives tables covering all areas of social protection (25 Member States of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland), and MISSOC Info Bulletins on specific topics and on the main changes in the social protection systems (complementary to the comparative tables, they provide more descriptive and comprehensive information in a broader perspective).

MISSOC is based on the close cooperation between DG Employment and Social Affairs, the network of official representatives of the participating States, and a secretariat appointed by DG Employment and Social Affairs. The MISSOC user-friendly website is an added value tool for SSH researchers, academics and policymakers.

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The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)

SHARE is a multidisciplinary and cross-national database of micro data on health, socio-economic status, and social and family networks of individuals aged 50 or over. Eleven countries have contributed data to the 2004 SHARE baseline study. They are a balanced representation of the various regions in Europe. Further data were collected in Israel during the period 2005-06. Two new EU Member States - the Czech Republic and Poland joined SHARE in 2006 and will participate in the second wave of data collection.

Data collected include health, psychological, economic and social support variables. In addition, the SHARE database includes variables and indicators created by the AMANDA ( RTD Project under the 5th EU framework programme. The data is freely available to the entire research community.

'Northern Europeans are healthier and wealthier but the people in the South live longer,' says Professor Axel Börsch-Supan, the coordinator of SHARE. 'There is a clear North-South gradient in health and income: Older persons in the North are better off financially and are in better health, but this does not translate into corresponding mortality differences.'

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The Nordic Medico-Statistical Committee (NOMESCO) and the Nordic Social-Statistical Committee (NOSOSCO): database on social protection and health care

The aims of NOMESCO are the coordination in matters related to Health Statistics within the Nordic countries, collaboration with adjacent areas (the Baltic countries) and other foreign states, with a particular focus on EU/EUROSTAT health statistics. NOSOSCO shares the same aims but focuses its activities in the field of social statistics.

This database of indicators concerning social and health statistics is based on data collected for the annual statistical publications of NOMESCO and NOSOSCO - Health Statistics in the Nordic Countries and Social Protection in the Nordic Countries. The database gives users the opportunity to make their own analyses and presentations of the data. Each main indicator is clearly defined and explained. Furthermore, links to the two main publications and other relevant statistics are also provided. The database is internet-based and provides direct access to the latest updated information.

The NOMESCO and NOSOSCO Nordic database on social protection and health care is a useful and complementary tool to the MISSOC Information System.

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