Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Study on Housing Needs
Woningbehoeftenonderzoek (WBO)

Housing, Urban Development and Mobility
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Country Netherlands
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Contact information

Department of Labour, Income and Living conditions
Statistics Netherlands
Henri Faasdreef 312
2492 JP Den Haag
Phone: Infoservice: 003188 570 70 70
Email: info(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Data is collected every four years, but was collected each year from 1998-2000. The most recent collection was carried out in 2002.

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, occasional

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Access to data

Cannot be downloaded directly.

Conditions of access

Access to data requires: (1) Access fee (2) Official authorisation (CCS)


Anonymised microdata

SPSS (default)

Contact data administrator (see contact information)


Data was collected between 1998-2000 and in 2002, with a sample size of more than 60,000 individuals. From 2002 onwards, this study is now incorporated into the Study on Housing (WoON).


Two step sampling: 1) sampling of municipalities 2) sampling of people. Use of special weighting model to correct for selective non-response.

Municipal Person Registration

Dutch population in non-institutional households

Population aged 19 and over

Representative for Dutch population aged 19 and over.

Detailed study of: Attributes of former, current and future housing situation of households and people.


Linkable to other person databases through anonymised personal number.

Data quality

Correction for non-response; imputation. Data are also checked and corrected for invalidities.

Consistent time series.


Strengths: The survey has a long time series.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Frank P. Pijpers
  • (see Partners)