Table 1

Demographic and health variables of participants aged 50+ in SHARE wave 4 (2010/11) by country

VariablesAustriaGermanySwedenThe NetherlandsSpainItalyFranceDenmark
Sample size, N50441543191926893477351055152190
Age, mean (SE)65.5 (0.15)67.3 (0.28)69.2 (0.26)67.5 (0.21)67.7 (0.26)65.9 (0.33)66.8 (0.19)66.2 (0.24)
Range (IQR)14 (50–97)13 (50–100)13 (50–99)13 (50–98)18 (50–102)14 (50–100)17 (50–104)16 (50–100)
Sex (% men)42.646.24543.94446.543.344.6
Marital status (%)
 Married63.655.556.768.468.372.565.265.7
 Single8.52.22.24.48.17.58.57
 Divorced1310.29.910.24.52.910.111.7
 Widowed14.93231.21719.117.116.215.6
Educational level (% ISCED)
 Low (0–2)22.812.736.44679.467.443.410
 Medium (3–4)50.86036.725.610.526.736.334.9
 High (5–6)26.427.326.827.5105.920.355.1
Multimorbidity, mean (SE)1.7 (0.02)1.7 (0.04)1.4 (0.03)1.4 (0.03)2.0 (0.04)1.5 (0.04)1.6 (0.03)1.5 (0.03)
Symptomatology, mean (SE)1.7 (0.03)2.1 (0.05)1.7 (0.05)1.6 (0.04)2.1 (0.05)1.7 (0.06)2.2 (0.04)1.6 (0.04)
Long-term illness (% yes)46.966.655.252.254.439.54948.2
Self-rated health (%)
 Excellent9.43.616.310.64.386.119.4
 Very good25.912.923.916.514.41714.633.7
 Good34.640.927.54234.636.84324.6
 Fair23.832.523.926.230.323.625.217.3
 Poor6.410.18.54.716.411.9115.1
ADL (%)
 No limitations9096.789.293.385.589.188.493
IADL (%)
 No limitations82.383.986.285.379.383.784.588.4
Mobility (%)
 No limitations51.141.85359.646.44650.265.2
VariablesSwitzerlandBelgiumCzechiaPolandHungaryPortugalSloveniaEstonia
Sample size (N)36125053584517042971199127006667
Age, mean (SD)66.3 (0.18)66.2 (0.22)65.6 (0.18)67.7 (0.25)65.6 (0.37)64.5 (0.44)65.9 (0.22)67.1 (0.14)
Range (IQR)15 (50–101)17 (50–101)14 (50–99)14 (50–104)13 (50–101)15 (50–95)16 (50–99)16 (50–101)
Sex (% men)4546.441.741.639.844.142.136.8
Marital status (%)
 Married64.265.96743.45780.662.750.5
 Single8.26.53.11.542.779.6
 Divorced1512.812.63.610.84.16.114.7
 Widowed12.514.817.351.528.212.624.225.2
Educational level (% ISCED)
 Low (0–2)16.343.642.220.534.754.135.832.1
 Medium (3–4)66.327.546.458.152.27.747.347.1
 High (5–6)17.32911.421.413.138.216.920.8
Multimorbidity, mean (SE)1.3 (0.02)1.9 (0.03)1.7 (0.03)1.8 (0.04)2.3 (0.07)1.7 (0.09)1.6 (0.03)2.1 (0.02)
Symptomatology, mean (SE)1.4 (0.03)2.0 (0.04)2.2 (0.04)2.5 (0.06)3.0 (0.12)2.0 (0.11)1.8 (0.04)2.4 (0.03)
Long-term illness (% yes)32.64853.366.672.837.447.774.2
Self-rated health (%)
 Excellent11.97.42.50.83.43.26.61.5
 Very good29.722.115.97.110.610.812.63.9
 Good39.642.34033.923.52936.622.9
 Fair15.522.129.134.534.538.228.448.8
 Poor3.26.212.523.827.818.815.822.8
ADL (%)
 No limitations94.184.990.482.2878389.783
IADL (%)
 No limitations91.28081.379.172.278.582.876.9
Mobility (%)
 No limitations65.145.446.939.735.440.343.742.1
  • All data are weighted, unless otherwise indicated. SE was calculated to adjust for the complex design; non-weighted ISCED.

  • ADL, activities of daily living; IADL, instrumental activities of daily living; ISCED, International Classification of Educational Degrees; SHARE, Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe.