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European Quality of Life Time Series, 2007 and 2011: Open Access

Title details

SN: 7724
Title: European Quality of Life Time Series, 2007 and 2011: Open Access
Alternative title: EQLS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7724-1
Series: European Quality of Life Survey [European Quality of Life Survey]
Depositor: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Principal investigator(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Data collector(s): Intomart GfK (Hilversum, Netherlands)
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Significant GfK
Sponsor(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


The citation for this study is:

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. (2015). European Quality of Life Time Series, 2007 and 2011: Open Access. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7724,

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Subject Categories

Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture


The European Quality of Life Time Series, 2007 and 2011 dataset was prepared as open access data, originally for the UK Data Service's first App Challenge in summer 2015. The dataset has achieved Platinum (Expert level) certification from the Open Data Institute (ODI) which means this open data is an exceptional example of information infrastructure.

The dataset is a harmonised subset of variables taken from the larger European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), which is one of a number of key surveys carried out by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), a European Union Agency established in 1975 to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions. The open access dataset contains 195 variables from two of the EQLS survey years, 2007 and 2011/12, three weighting variables, and almost 80,000 cases.

The EQLS is a unique, pan-European survey, established in 2003 and carried out once every four years. The survey examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It looks at a range of issues, such as employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work-life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness, how satisfied they are with their lives, and how they perceive the quality of their societies.

Further information about the survey can be found on the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) EQLS webpage.

A larger EQLS combined file spanning 2003-2012, subject to standard End User Licence access conditions, is available to registered UK Data Service users under SN 7348 - European Quality of Life Survey Integrated Data File, 2003-2012

Main Topics:
The survey covers multiple dimensions of quality of life: employment and work-life balance, income and deprivation, housing and local environment, family and social contacts, health and mental wellbeing, subjective wellbeing (e.g. happiness, life satisfaction), social exclusion, perceived quality of society (e.g. tensions, trust in institutions) as well as access to and perceived quality of public services.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 2007 - 2012
Country: Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | European Union Countries (1993-) | Finland | France | Germany (October 1990-) | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Italy | Kosovo | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Macedonia | Malta | Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Serbia | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | Turkey | United Kingdom
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
Residents aged 18 and over in 27 EU countries (as of 2011) as well as Croatia and Turkey (second and third round), Norway (second round), as well as Iceland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia (all third round).
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
See documentation for details
Number of units: 79,270 cases in total for both waves (35,634 in Wave Two and 43,636 in Wave Three)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is a random probability survey of people aged 18 and over. The definition of the target of EQLS is the adult population (18+) living in private households. In order to be representative in terms of gender, age, urbanisation level, region and household size across all countries, three weighting coefficients were produced:
  • w4 - Final weight trimmed and standardised - this weight can be used for comparing any of the countries (both from EU and outside the EU) with each other and across different survey rounds (e.g. 2007 and 2011). However, this weight cannot be used to calculate an average for a group of countries.
  • w5_EU28 - Cross-national weight - EU28 - to calculate averages for all EU (as of 2013, that is including Croatia).
  • w5_total - Weight 5 total - a weight enabling any kind of grouping across different types of countries e.g. the Balkans, Nordic countries including Iceland or similar. However, because different countries were included in 2007 and 2011, it may not be possible to apply it for both years and the countries should be selected carefully.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 09 June 2015
Copyright: Copyright European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Database right European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Condition and UK Data Service, University of Essex, 2015
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is not required.
Please note: These data are available to any user for any purpose under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0)
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch


Zip files contain data, documentation and licence details

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csv (Zip) 13317[MD5Checksum: 68577B0B68351FA3C9874CD769EA2F92]
SPSS (Zip) 13981[MD5Checksum: 56AF1FFA59876CB8941341AD263495EF]
Stata (Zip) 13272[MD5Checksum: 83B349F8AB408C7B839EFEA3CD42D02B]
Tab-delimited (Zip) 13813[MD5Checksum: 36F07FAD088B3028A947BFEDAD93EB42]


Title File Name Size (KB)
File Manifest for csv format zip file 7724_file_information_csv.csv 2
File Manifest for SPSS format zip file 7724_file_information_spss.csv 2
File Manifest for Stata format zip file 7724_file_information_stata.csv 2
File Manifest for tab-delimited format zip file 7724_file_information_tab.csv 2
EQLS App Challenge API Map eqls_api_map.csv 42
EQLS Concordance Grid eqls_concordance_grid.xlsx 44
EQLS Time Series, 2007 and 2011: Open Access: User Guide 7724_eqls_2007-2011_user_guide_v2.pdf 1099
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7724_Information.htm 7
READ File read7724.htm 12


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By principal investigator(s):
Publications resulting from the survey may be found on the Eurofound Publications webpage.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Grammenos, S. et al. (2010) Indicators of Disability Equality in Europe (IDEE): Comparative data on a selection of quantitative implementation indicators, Brussels: Centre for European Social and Ecomonic Policy (CESEP)/Centre de politique sociale et économique européenne Asbl.

Kjeldsen, C. C. (2015) 'For reasons other than 'What's in it for me?': volunteering as citizens' interests: a perspective from the Capability Approach', Cursiv 15. Retrieved October 28, 2015 from:

Rankel, H. (2015) Subjective wellbeing and its determinants: whether age matters? (In Estonian 'Subjektiivne heaolu ja seda kujundavad tegurid Eestis: vanuse olulisus'), Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration: Department of Finance and Economics, December.

Hauret L. (2016) Sentiment de vulnérabilité sur le marché du travail luxembourgeois et pratiques managériales, LISER, Rapports. Retrieved February 2nd, 2016 from

Dimitrova, D.D. and Dzhambov, A.M. (2017) 'Perceived access to recreational/green areas as an effect modifier of the relationship between health and neighbourhood noise/air quality: results from the 3rd European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS,2011–2012)', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 23, pp.54–60.

Slomczynski, K.M., Powalko, P. and Krauze, T. (2017) ‘Non-unique Records in International Survey Projects: The Need for Extending Data Quality Control’, Survey Research Methods, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-16. Retrieved September, 2017 from:


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