Contextual database

Besides the Generations and Gender Survey, the contextual database is the second pillar of the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP).

The purpose of GGS is to collect data on individuals at micro-level. The survey focuses on the social demographic behaviour: living together with a partner, with or without cohabitation agreement, getting married, having a first, a second, a third,… child, moving,… However, we know that this social demographic behaviour does not happen in isolation. Just like all our behaviour, social demographic behaviour is adopted in the context within which the individual lives. This context may be a political, legal, economic and even social one. The contextual database covers these various contexts.

While GGS collects data at individual level, the contextual database provides additional macro-level information that describes the background of the individual data.



The contextual database includes 210 indicators at national and regional level. These data go back to 1970, in order to be able to carry out a retrospective analysis.


The contextual database (CDB) is organized around the following 10 topics:

Access to the contextual database

The contextual database, containing the contextual data of all participating countries, is freely available online for scientific research through a user-friendly web application.



The Belgian contextual data will build up as the project evolves