Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

The National Documentation Project regarding the Elderly (Indicators 1-5)
Det Nationale Dokumentationsprojekt på Ældreområdet (Indikatorer 1-5)

Social Systems and Welfare
Relevance for this Topic
Country Denmark
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Contact information

Rikke Olsen
Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration
Holmens Kanal 22
1060 Copenhagen K
Phone: (+45) 41 85 10 08
Email: rio(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Samples will be selected and interviewed every second year.

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, regular

Data gathering method

Telephone interview (CATI)

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

CATI and personal interview

Access to data

Conditions of access

Access for researchers affiliated with authorized Danish research environments, see

Permission to use the Danish Register has to be requested from the Danish Data Protection Agency. This will extend the application process by 1-2 months.

Anonymised microdata. Aggregated tables can be extracted from StatBank Denmark:

Anonymized microdata: SAS Aggregate tables split by region/municipality, age and gender:

Some tables and short descriptions of the aggregated tables available online are in English. The most comprehensive documentation and analyses are in Danish.


Data was collected from 2007-2011 and is scheduled to be collected every second year in the future. In 2011, 9,782 individuals were contacted with 7,484 individuals or 76.5% fully or partially participating.


Recipients of practical and personal help in the home aged 67+

Registry data

National coverage, can be split by region

Population aged 67 and over

Representative sample of recipients of practical and personal help in the home aged 67+

Five specific indicators are included: 1) Experienced quality of the help; 2) stability of the help; 3) number of different caretakers; 4) knowledge of the possibility of choosing between public and private help providers; 5) knowledge of the possibility of flexible help in the home.

Short descriptions in Danish available:
. Full documentation in Danish:



Can be linked to anonymized microdata in the Statistics Denmark registries.

Data quality


Continuity is broken in the sense that the data was collected annually between 2007 and 2011, and is only collected biannually since 2011.

Same questions are asked each year.


Strengths: Questions relate to the different aspects of help, i.e. personal help, practical help or both. Both elderly individuals living in their own home and in a elderly home participate. Weakness: Some response categories include too few respondents to be reported, e.g. for indicators 1, 2 and 3, only the response categories "Satisfied" and "Very satisfied" are reported.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Chantal Nielsen
  • (see Partners)