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More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Survey on ICT usage by households and individuals
ICT onderzoek huishoudens en personen

Uses of Technology
Relevance for this Topic
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 annually and released on December 31st of the year of collection.

Type of data


Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of random or different samples

Longitudinal study, different samples

Data gathering method

Telephone interview (CATI)

Access to data

Cannot be downloaded directly

Conditions of access

Access to data requires: (1) Access fee (2) official authorization (CCS) and available by DANS


Anonymised microdata

SPSS (default)

Documentation is only available in Dutch.


Data has been collected between 2005 and 2012. Until 2011, the sample size used was of 4,500 individuals. Data collection is ongoing and is scheduled to continue at some point in the future.


Random sample

Municipal person registration

Dutch population in non-institutional households (2005-2011)

Dutch sample 2005-2011: Population aged 12-74. Dutch sample 2012: Population aged 12+ Eurostat sample 2005-2012: Population aged 16-74

Representative of the Dutch population in non-institutional households

Brief overview of: ICT usage of households and individuals; 1) access to computer and internet 2) computer and internet skills 3) several internet activities like - social media - watching tv/listing radio - looking for information etc 4) use of websites e-government 5) buying goods through internet


Linkable to other person databases through anonymised personal number

Data quality

Last year, there was a decrease in phone coverage leading to a possible bias.

A part of the model questionnaire is changing every year; not all the topics of ICT are covered every year.

Most of the indicators are comparable in time.


Strengths: Survey results are (output) harmonized and, therefore, comparable with other EU countries. Longitudinal harmonization; gives insights in developments in ICT use. Weaknesses: The survey has a relatively small sample size and only those individuals with a telephone number are interviewed.

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