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Study: EU-SILC 2012


Title European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions 2012


EU-SILC 2012 contains the 2012 Module on housing conditions. The 2012 module includes eighteen variables of which sixteen should be asked at household level and two at personal level. For variables asked at household level, the mode of data collection is personal interview with the household respondent. For variables asked at individual level, the mode of data collection is personal interview with all current household members aged 16 years old and over or, if applicable, with the household selected respondent. Owing to the characteristics of the information to be collected, only personal interviews (proxy interviews as an exception for persons temporarily away or in incapacity) or extracted information from registers are allowed.


Geographical Coverage

EU-27 member states and Iceland, Turkey, Norway and Switzerland. Test implementation: Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia.

Datasets availability table and release calendar (Eurostat)

Time Period Covered

Reference period for core variables: constant, at selection, income reference period, usual week, last 4 weeks, last 12 months, since last year, working life, childcare reference period (Eurostat (2013): DESCRIPTION OF TARGET VARIABLES: Cross-sectional and Longitudinal. 2012 operation (Version May 2013), p. 74).
The 2012 module variables relate to four types of reference periods:

  • Usual: an ordinary winter/summer, in the area where the dwelling is located (for the variables “dwelling comfortably warm during winter time” and “dwelling comfortably cool during summer time”).
  • Last five years (for the variables related to the “change of the dwelling”). It refers to the five years prior to the date of the interview.
  • Next six months (for the variables related to “risk of changing the dwelling”). It refers to the six months succeeding to the date of the interview.
  • Current (for all other variables).

(Eurostat (2013): 2012 EU-SILC MODULE ON HOUSING CONDITIONS. Assessment of the implementation, pp. 3-4.)



Country Specific Information: EU-SILC 2012