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Study: EU-SILC 2021


Title European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions 2021


“EU-SILC in 2021 covers: the three-yearly module on ‘children’ (children’s material deprivation and children’s health), and the six-yearly module policy needs ad hoc subject ‘living arrangements and conditions of children within separated or blended families’.
The other six regular modules on ‘health’, ‘labour market and housing’, ‘quality of life’, ‘intergenerational transmission of disadvantages and housing difficulties’, ‘access to services’ and ‘over-indebtedness, consumption and wealth’ will be adopted later, as will the ad hoc policy needs subjects. The details and timing are the subject of Commission Delegated Regulation 2020/256 on multiannual rolling planning."

(Eurostat (2022): Methodological Guidelines and Description of EU-SILC Target Variables. 2021 operation (Version 8), p. 27)


Geographical Coverage

"The European Union (EU) Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) is an instrument that aims to collect timely and comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal multidimensional microdata on income distribution, poverty and social exclusion. It also covers various related EU living conditions and poverty policies, such as child poverty, access to healthcare and other services, housing, over-indebtedness and quality of life. It is also the main source of data for microsimulation purposes and flash estimates of income distribution and poverty rates. This instrument is anchored in the European Statistical System (ESS).
The EU-SILC project was launched in 2003 on the basis of a ‘gentlemen's agreement’ in six EU Member States (Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg and Austria) and Norway. The EU-SILC instrument started in 2004 for the EU-15 (except Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) plus Estonia, Norway and Iceland. Bulgaria and Turkey started fully implementing the EU-SILC instrument in 2006, while Romania and Switzerland began to implement it in 2007.
North Macedonia and Croatia started in 2010, Montenegro and Serbia in 2013, Albania in 2017 and Kosovo1 in 2018."

(Eurostat (20228): Methodological Guidelines and Description of EU-SILC Target Variables. 2021 operation (Version 8), p. 15)

Datasets availability table and release calendar (Eurostat)


Time Period Covered

Reference period for core variables: current, constant, at selection, income reference period, usual week, last 4 weeks, last 12 months, since last year, working life, childcare reference period.



Country Specific Information: EU-SILC 2021