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European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)

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The European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) collect on an annual basis detailed information on household and personal income from nationally representative samples of the resident population.

The survey collects work and capital income, unemployment benefits, pension income (old-age, sickness, disability and survivor), social transfers (family-related, housing-related and education allowances), social assistance (e.g., revenu minimum garanti) and regular transfers from other households (e.g., alimonies). Incomes-in-kind (company car, luncheon vouchers…) are also considered.

In addition, the survey collects information on poverty, social exclusion, housing, work, education and health. An ad-hoc module is also introduced each year dealing with a specific topic:

  • 2013: Well-being
  • 2012: Housing conditions
  • 2011: Intergenerational transmission of disadvantages
  • 2010: Intra-household sharing of resources
  • 2009: Material deprivation
  • 2008: Over-indebtedness and financial exclusion
  • 2007: Housing conditions
  • 2006: Social participation
  • 2005: Intergenerational transmission of poverty

Every year, STATEC publishes the results of the SILC survey in its annual Report on Labour and Social Cohesion (Rapport Travail et la Cohésion Sociale) as well as in shorter thematic publications (Regards series). A section is also dedicated to EU-SILC on the Statistics Portal.


Data collection

The SILC survey in Luxembourg has been conducted each year since 2003 via face-to-face interviews. The LISER, which is a social science research centre located at Esch-Belval in Luxembourg, is in charge of conducting the interviews.

Legal basis

The Framework Regulation (EC) n°1177/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 June 2003 establishes the EU-SILC instrument at EU level, while implementing Commission Regulations outline the technical aspects of the instrument.

The data collected in the survey are used for statistical or research purposes only. The STATEC collaborators are bound to statistical secrecy, as set out by the modified Law of 2 August 2002 on the protection of personal data and the Law of July 10, 2011 on the organisation of the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies.

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