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Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe, Wave 4 2010-2012


General Info
Original or alternative title 
SHARE Wave 4
Austria (AUT)
Belgium (BEL)
Denmark (DNK)
Estonia (EST)
France (FRA)
Germany (DEU)
Hungary (HUN)
Italy (ITA)
Poland (POL)
Portugal (PRT)
Slovenia (SVN)
Spain (ESP)
Sweden (SWE)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
10/2010 - 04/2012
Series or system 
Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal

The Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multi-country longitudinal study of aging in Europe. Wave 4 took place primarily in 2011, with some data collection in 2010 and 2012.

Wave 4 was the third regular panel wave of the survey, following the SHARELIFE survey in Wave 3. It included a main questionnaire that included 20 modules on health status and behaviors, biomarkers including body mass index, mental health, economic status, and social support. In Germany, the study also collected blood samples, and took waist circumference and blood pressure measurements.

Publication year 
Suggested citation 

Börsch-Supan, A. (2013). Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 4. Release version: 1.1.1. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w4.111