Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

50+ in Europe

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), is a longitudinal micro-data infrastructure created in response to a communication by the European Commission (2000) to the Council and the European Parliament, which identified population ageing and its social and economic challenges to growth and prosperity to be among the most pressing challenges of the 21st century in Europe. SHARE has also become one of the most prestigious social science infrastructures and was in 2011 the first to be appointed a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by the European Council.

Sweden has since the onset of SHARE in 2002 participated in all the six waves of data collection and is, through the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), member of the SHARE-ERIC since 2014. Every other year since 2004, SHARE has provided longitudinal micro data on the changing health, economic and social living conditions of Europeans aged 50 and over. To date, around 123,000 individuals have been interviewed (more than 293,000 interviews). SHARE is a key asset for ageing research in Europe and lays the foundations for empirical research through many disciplines, including epidemiology, gerontology, biology, medicine, psychology, public health, health policy, demography, economics, sociology, and statistics.

The overarching objective of SHARE is to better understand the interactions between bio-medical factors, the socio-economic environment and policy interventions in the ageing European populations. SHARE aims to achieve this objective by providing a research infrastructure for fundamental science as well as a tool for policy evaluation and design. Initiated in 2002, SHARE is scheduled to launch, all in all, 10 data collection waves. At present seven waves have been fulfilled and six waves are available to the research community. Wave seven was fielded during 2017. From wave 7 and onwards, eight new countries entered the project, which means that 27 European countries are now participants in SHARE. The Swedish part of SHARE is located at Umeå University since 2011 and the team has so far had the full responsibility for the preparations and launching of waves 5–8 in Sweden.

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe ERIC

European Research Infrastructure Consortium

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe is a european research infrastructure consortium (ERIC). Research infrastructures are advanced tools for research, for example databases. 

SHARE is centrally coordinated by Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D., and the International Coordinator of SHARE, Dr. Annette Scherpenzeel, at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA),  located at Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. 

Access to data from SHARE

How can I get access to data and documentation from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe?

You can find all the information you need about how to access data and documentation at SHARE ERIC:s website.

Contact Us

Whether you have a question or need support concerning SHARE, we would be happy to help you!

Who works with SHARE in Sweden?

The Swedish node SHARE-S is coordinated by Gunnar Malmberg, Professor at the Department of Geography and affiliated as Professor at the Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research, together with Mikael Stattin, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, both at Umeå University.

The operating team consists of Filip Fors Connolly, Research Coordinator at the Department of Sociology and Jenny Olofsson, Researcher at the Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research, both at Umeå University.

Gunnar Malmberg

National coordinator SHARE-S

+46 (0)90 786 54 95

Jenny Olofsson


+46 (0)90 786 70 64

Mikael Stattin

National coordinator SHARE-S

+46 (0)90 786 57 14

Filip Fors Connolly

Research coordinator ESS-S och SHARE-S

+46 (0)90 786 78 25