Family Survey Dutch Population

The Family Survey Dutch Population (FSDP) is a large-scale survey among the Dutch population. Until now six waves have been conducted in 1992-1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2017-2018. The sixth FSDP-wave improves the possibilities to study long-term development in social and cultural processes in the Netherlands since the FSDP then overarches a 25-year period. The respondents and their partners are questioned independently via structured interviews or written questionnaires. The most recent data (2017-2018) were collected only from the primary respondents with a web-questionnaire. In total the dataset contains detailed information about the life course of 14487 individuals from 9730 households. The questionnaires did not change much throughout the years and they contain two different types of questions:

(1) Questions concerning the demographic, socio-economic and socio-cultural life course. Similar international research shows that life courses can be studied well with retrospective research. The FSDP contains information about the parental family, educational career, occupational career and family career. Some questions about health, religion, social participation and geographical mobility are also included.

(2) Questions concerning the living situation of the respondents. These questions contain information about lifestyle, leisure behaviour, religion, social participation and norms and values

An important feature of the family surveys until 2009 is that not only the primary respondent and his or her partner were questioned, but also one of both parents, one of the siblings and one adult child. The primary respondent and the partner were questioned in an identical way. The parent, sibling and child answered only a selection of the questions that were asked to the respondent and the partner. The most recent data (2017-2018) were collected only from the primary respondents through the LISS panel. This data can be coupled to other modules from the LISS-panel.


The Faculty of Social Sciences of the Radboud University finances large-scale field research, which makes it possible for the department of Sociology to regularly organize survey research. The data from the Family Survey Dutch Population are a important source for research projects and publications in Nijmegen.


The Family Survey Dutch Population is available for secondary analysis for the purpose of scientific research. The codebooks can be found on the website of DANS. Access to the FSDP data until 2009 can be obtained through DANS. The most recent data (2017-2018) can be found on the website of LISS data archief.

For questions about the FSDP data, please contact the department of Sociology, Radboud University Nijmegen: R.Meuleman