The Research Infrastructure Committee of the Research Council of Finland has allocated the last FIRI2023 funds for the construction and development of national and international research infrastructures. One of the recipients is the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe – Finland (SHAREFI), a joint infrastructure of the University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Population Federation, the University of Turku and Tampere University.
At the University of Turku, the data collection is led by Professor Mikko Niemelä of the INVEST Research Flagship Centre. INVEST’s share of the funding is EUR 201 817. The total funding for SHAREFI is just over €1.8 million.
SHARE is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) and it has provided multidisciplinary and cross-national longitudinal data on changing health, the economic and social living conditions of European citizens aged 50 and over since 2004. Users now have access to 530 000 interviews of individuals from 28 countries in Europe, including Israel.
Finland joined SHARE in 2016. Waves 7,8 and 9 (Corona Surveys) of SHARE data have been collected in Finland, and the planning of wave 10 data collection is under way.
Population ageing creates health, economic and social effects that emerge over time. To understand and monitor these effects, a longitudinal data and applicable methods are required.