Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - Access to microdata

Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC)

Public microdata (also referred to as public use files) for EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) were created to enable interested parties to become familiar with microdata.

At the same time the privacy of respondents had to be protected. The structure of public microdata is the same as for research microdata (scientific use files). Public microdata enable researchers and trainers to develop programmes using the same formats and variable names as for the actual scientific use files.

EU-SILC public microdata files are fully synthetic. This means that they do not represent actual observations, but were simulated using statistical modelling and the statistical distributions in the original data.

Public microdata are used for the following purposes:

  • For statistical training at all levels
  • To allow researchers to explore the content and complexity of the survey prior to requesting access to confidential microdata
  • To enable accredited researchers to develop and write a code that might one day be applied to the scientific use files.

Public microdata cannot be used for statistical inference about the wider population. No generalised statements about individual characteristics or relationships between different personal or household characteristics should be made on the basis of these data. Only scientific use files should be used for publications as they alone provide a basis for valid analysis. Any calculations based on public microdata or any conclusions drawn from them are at the sole risk and responsibility of the user. The national statistical institutes and Eurostat are not responsible for any improper use of these data and cannot guarantee the accuracy or reliability of results.

Public use files are developed in agreement with Article 19 of Regulation 223/2009 on European statistics. It stipulates that the files should be prepared in such a way that the statistical unit cannot be identified.

For each country and year the data are grouped into 4 files: Household Register (D), Personal Register (R), Household Data (H) and Personal Data (P). A detailed description of the variables is available in the annual guidelines.

The files do not contain flags that explain the status of the data cells (e.g. explaining why data is missing or that data has been estimated). Such flags do not convey clear information as the individual data are based on a model.

The Excel spreadsheet contains the accompanying metadata. When downloading it, you'll need to enable macros to ensure full functionality. Read the instructions in the Homepage worksheet and compile your query using the series of check boxes.

EU-SILC public use files metadata

You can download the files in CSV format (comma separated values) zipped per country and year via the links in the table below.

Download public microdata on Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC)

EU countries Year
Belgium 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Bulgaria 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Czechia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Denmark 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Germany 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Estonia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ireland 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Greece 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Spain 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
France 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
[HR] Croatia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Italy 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Cyprus 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Latvia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Lithuania 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Luxembourg 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
 Hungary 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Malta 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Netherlands 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Austria 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Poland 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Portugal 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Romania 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Slovenia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Slovakia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Finland 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Sweden 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

 

Other countries Year
United Kingdom 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013