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Fertility and Family Survey (standard country tables) , FFS

    For details on all aspects of this database, see FFS

1. General description

2. Main topics

    The FFS model contains two core questionnaires (for men and women) with optional modules, displayed in about 36 tables for each country. The optional modules are: migration history, contraceptive use, values and beliefs and acceptance of population policy.
  • Children: number of live births, the timing of fertility, partnership status at first birth, age at first birth by educational level
  • Education and occupation: studying and having children (20-34 years of age), working and having children
  • Fertility regulation: contraceptive status of couples, first sexual intercourse and first use of contraception, induced abortions
  • Household characteristics: position in the household, parental home
  • Other pregnancies
  • Partner characteristics
  • Partnerships: partnership formation, partnership dissolution

  • There are also tables with selected combined event histories, measures for selected life events, the survey population and non-response, and three standard tables for an overview of economic, social, cultural and population indicators.

3. Data

  • Quantitative data
  • Macro-level data (aggregated micro data), objective and subjective
  • Years covered by the survey differ per country. The overall time range is 1990-1999

4. Countries covered

  • 24 countries, mainly European
  • All countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States

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6. Data access

  • The micro data is only available after submitting a research proposal; Application form
  • Country specific documents (PDF) and tables (Excel) available for download, see FFS
  • Free of charge, no registration required

7. Additional information