Social Protection (ESSPROS) – Overview



What information can I find here?

Data on social protection cover the following aspects:

  • expenditure by function (sickness/health care, disability, old age, survivors, family/children, unemployment, housing and social exclusion);
  • receipts by type and sector of origin;
  • number of pension beneficiaries by sex; 
  • net social benefits, meaning the expenditure in social benefits less taxes and social contributions paid on them.

In addition, you can find detailed data and metadata (qualitative information and quality reports) for each social protection scheme together with the list of national schemes.

For more detailed information on the data covered, please see the page 'Information on data' in this section.

What is ESSPROS?

ESSPROS is short for 'European System of integrated Social PROtection Statistics'. ESSPROS is a common framework which enables international comparison of the administrative national data on social protection. It provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing.

> read more



Visualise expenditure on social benefits

Use our interactive map to find out about the share of expenditure of different social benefits in EU countries. How is the situation in your country?


Discover key figures on social protection

You are not a ‘data-type’ person, but want to know more about these statistics? Then our articles in ‘Statistics Explained’ are for you!

Image Manual and user guidelines – 2016 edition

Dig deeper

Go through the last edition of our manual and user guidelines — it is the updated guide for compiling and using ESSPROS data.

direct access to...

explore further

Icon © NeMaria /

Focus on quality

Have a look at the different quality reports on ESSPROS data collections.