The German System of Social Indicators

The German System of Social Indicators is an instrument that has been developed with a view to monitor well-being - in terms of objective living conditions as well as subjective quality of life - and social change in Germany. Covering 14 life domains, the System includes almost 400 indicators with a total of more than 3000 time series. Among the total number of indicators ca. 90 have been selected as "key indicators". The period of observation starts at the beginning of the 1950's and covers the entire time span up to the present day, as far as data availability allows. Until the end of the 1980s most of the data are available for West Germany only, after the German reunification also for East Germany and Germany as a whole. Since most of the times series data are disaggregated according to various socio-demographic characteristics, the indicator system also offers information on the social situation of specific subgroups of the population as well as on the inequality of living conditions in general.

When selecting the set of key indicators presented here our focus was on core trends of welfare development and socio-structural change. This choice of 89 indicators taken from the 14 life domains of the indicator system outlines a condensed and clear picture of social developments in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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The German System of Social Indicators and the online information system SIMon – Social Indicators Monitor will not be updated any more. The existing time series data will be included in Historical Statistics (histat) of GESIS in the near future.