European Union Statistics on Income & Living Conditions

Alternative Title: 
The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), launched in 2003 and rooted in the European Statistical System (ESS), was established to provide data on social cohesion. EU-SILC provides comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal multi-dimensional microdata on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions. A total of twenty-seven countries are represented.
Two types of data are available:
·         Cross-sectional data pertaining to a given time or a certain time period with variables on income, poverty, social exclusion and other living conditions
·         Longitudinal data pertaining to individual-level changes over time, observed periodically over, typically, a four year period.
Information on housing and social exclusion is collected at household level, with information on labour, education and health obtained for persons aged 16 and over. Information on income is collected principally at personal level, although some components are included in the household component of SILC. 
Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
Time Period: 

2005 - 2012


Guidelines, tools, methodology, national questionnaires and publications are available from Eurostat. Further documentation files available with the datasets.

Updated information about available datasets on the Eurostat portal.

File Descriptions: 
  • Longitudinal data, 2005 (DVD)
  • Longitudinal data, 2006, revision 1 (DVD)
  • Longitudinal data, 2007, revision 4 (DVD)
  • Longitudinal data, 2008, revision 3 (DVD)
  • Longitudinal data, 2009, revision 3 (DVD)
  • Longitudinal data, 2010, revision 3 (DVD)
  • Longitudinal data, 2011, revision 1 (DVD)
  • Cross-sectional data, 2008, revision 5 (DVD)
  • Cross-sectional data, 2009, revision 4 (DVD)
  • Cross-sectional data, 2010, revision 4 (DVD)
  • Cross-sectional data, 2011, revision 2 (DVD)
  •  Cross-sectional data, 2012 (DVD)


File Storage: 

Received December 2011; updates received October 2012, 26 April 2013, 08 August 2013 and 22 July 2014; stored on encrypted DVD in locked file cabinet.

Data Access: 

Edinburgh University users may contact the Data Library for access.

The Data Library acts as Data Manager on behalf of the University of Edinburgh in a research data contract with Eurostat. The current contract is valid until 31 December, 2014.

Note: Users are required to submit an abstract of their research, stating how the dataset will be of use, and complete a Confidentiality Declaration, to be held by the Data Library. The University holds a research contract with Eurostat on behalf of research staff; users must comply with the terms of the licence, including providing Eurostat with notification of all publications and destroying all data files at end of research project or licence period.