National Data Sources




Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE)

List of statistics from which microdata files can be obtained. The microdata files contain the individual data of a statistic, suitably anonymised, in order to preserve the confidentiality of the information. These are ASCII files with field structure that collect for each individual survey record the values ​​that each variable takes. The data appear without adding, reason why for the study of the same they are necessary programs for the treatment of statistical data.

INE is not responsible for the results that users obtain from these files based on their own calculations. In addition, any person who uses microdata files undertakes to cite, in any publication obtained from them, the INE as a source of primary data (source: INE,, as well as the degree of accuracy or reliability Of the information derived by the authors, is the sole responsibility of the authors.

To access the microdata file of a specific statistic:

When we select the desired statistic another page with the different available periods and all the necessary information for understanding the data is presented and offers for download:

Continous Register Statistics Population and housing censuses (Microdata 1991, 2001, 2011)

Census of Inhabitants 1986, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (SPSS file with indicators at census section level): RMB1986.sav

Census 2001, SPSS files with indicators at the census section level:
Catalunya | Barcelona | Alt Empordà | Baix Llobregat | Bages | Gironès | Maresme | Segrià | Vallès Occidental | Vallès Oriental

Census 2011

Censo2011.sav: SPSS file (in zip format: Census2011.7z de 193 Mb) With the data of the Population Census of the INE of the year 2011 (People: 4,107,465 cases) identified from the syntax program facilitated by "Envejecimiento en Red" by CSIC. The questionnaire and the design of registry and valid values of the variables can be consulted here.

Census 2011: Indicators for census sections  
SPSS file (32 Mb) with indicators at census section level (35,917 sections):  España

Living Conditions Survey:  Longitudinal files |  Cross Files 
SPSS files:  ECV2005.sav  |  ECV2011.sav

Active Population Survey (EPA). Quarterly survey resultsa 
EPA 4th quarter 2014: EPA4T2014.sav  |  Identification EPA 4T-2014.sps

Salary Structure Survey

Educative-Formative Transition and Labor Insertion Survey

Survey on Quality of Life at Work (ECVT)

European Health Survey in Spain | Health and sexual habits survey

Family Budget Survey

EU Household Panel. Spain Facts

Survey on Equipment and Use of Information and Communication Technologies in homes

Time Use Survey

Household and environment survey

Survey of human resources in Science and Technology

Survey on the Structure of Agricultural Holdings

Bank of Temporary Series (Tempus)

The PX-Map programs and Municipal Maps

Institutos de Estadística en España

The Institutes of Statistics offer us specific information about each Autonomous Community and its municipalities:

Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS)

Since January 2009, the Data Bank offers the download of microdata files of the research studies performed by the Centre in recent years, free of charge. We are working so that all the studies are available for free download in the near future.

Data files, in ASCII format (flat format, TXT or DAT), can be downloaded from the CIS website as well as the syntax files of the SPSS and/or SAS statistical packages, the questionnaire, the datasheet, the Codebook and cards, through the address:  | Survey Catalogue

Instructions for importing and analyzing the CIS files in SPSS:

Once the zip file has been downloaded and unzipped, one of the files is called "DAnºestudio" and contains the data in a raw file, type txt, which can be viewed with the "notepad", if desired, but it is not What is relevant.

The file named "ESntudy" corresponds to the SPSS syntax file. You can change your name "ESnºestudio" to "ESnºestudio.sps". Once changed, it opens with SPSS software

Before executing all the syntax, you have to consider the address of the folder where the data file is located. The syntax file includes a first statement like this:

donde hay que añadir la ubicación del archivo de datos, por ejemplo: 
DATA LIST FILE = 'c:\datos\DA3041'.

Finally everything is selected, executed and saved the data file that is generated (CIS Document).

You can search for information about each study, your questionnaire and questions, series:

CIS web application for the online analysis of Studies, Questions and Series:

CIS files identified in SPSS:

Survey on the Youth of Spain 2008  |  CIS2753.sav
Barometer of March 2013 (Media) |  CIS2981.sav
Barometer May 2013 (Security and data protection) |  CIS2987.sav

Anuario Social de España La Caixa

Complete 2013 Year in Excel of Municipalities  |  Provinces

The "la Caixa" Area of Studies and Economic Analysis was born in 1976 with the aim of developing and providing rigorous economic information to the Presidency and the General Directorate of "la Caixa", both economic developments in general and the system Banking sector in particular. This objective of providing reliable and accurate information to the entity was quickly extended to all areas of society. Thus, the main achievement over the years has been to contribute to the debate, analysis and dissemination of the major issues raised by the Spanish economy, facilitating their understanding and placing them within reach of as many people as possible and Business.

Muestra Continua de Vidas Laborales (MCVL) del Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social

The MCVL is a set of individual but anonymous micro-data extracted from Social Security records. The Social Security information is supplemented by tax information from the AEAT and information from the Continuous Register provided by the INE.

Estadísticas del Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social

The Inventory of Statistical Operations (ISO) is a description of the statistical operations of the National Statistics Institute, the Ministries, the Bank of Spain and the General Council of the Judiciary Branch. The inventory is a fundamental instrument for statistical coordination and planning and is the starting point for the formulation of the National Statistical Plan.

The unit adopted as an inventory base is the statistical operation defined as the set of activities that lead to obtaining statistical results in a determined sector or subject based on the individually collected data. Also included in the scope of this definition are the infrastructure and statistical standardisation work that make possible the coordination, homogenisation and integration of statistics as well as the collection of results and synthesis preparation.

Envejecimiento en red. Microdatos de encuestas de interés en el mundo de los mayores

They compile the most relevant publications on aging of interest for researchers, professionals and students in the areas of gerontology and geriatrics, as well as information and consultation documents for seniors and caregivers.

Observatorio Social de España

The Social Observatory of Spain is a network of academics and researchers from various universities and research centers in Spain, experts in the study of different areas of the welfare state (social security, labor market, education, health, Policies to help families, social exclusion, fiscal and income inequalities). The main function of the Social Observatory of Spain is to document and analyze the public interventions that in terms of social welfare and quality of life are developed at the levels of state, regional and local government, establishing comparisons of both the situation of Spain in Relations with the rest of the European Union countries and other countries in the international context, as well as the 17 autonomous communities and the consequences of such interventions on the living conditions of the population.

The network has produced three publications, The Welfare State in Spain (Tecnos, 2004), The Social Situation of Spain (New Library, 2005) and The Social Situation of Spain, Volume II. At present he is working on the III report on the social situation of Spain. In parallel, it has created the Data Bank, to frame in a same structure and make accessible, the information collected from various national and international sources. This database is offered entirely on the website of the Social Observatory of Spain and is updated and supplemented periodically with new information of interest for the study of social issues.

The main objectives of the Social Observatory of Spain are:

Improving the knowledge of the situation of the social areas that make up the welfare state in Spain: social protection, labor market, unemployment and immigration, education, health, policies to help families and fiscal inequalities, of income and poverty. Disseminate the analysis of the causes of this situation and make evident the consequences of the observed conditions.

Generate public debate and inform about social policies, quality of life and social welfare of the population.

Encourage that social issues have more and better media visibility and, therefore, receive more political attention.

Propose interventions to improve the quality of life of citizens.

Hispano-barómetro de la Fundación 1º de Mayo

Social Hispabarómetro of Spain is a system of indicators of socioeconomic and labor interests, which allows comparative analysis of different materials, among which are the economy, employment, working conditions and labor relations, social protection, health and education. The Hispabarómentro is a useful tool in monitoring economic, social and employment situation in Spain, both from its European perspective and from its territorial perspective. 

Banco de España

The Banco de España compiles, prepares and publishes a broad set of economic and financial statistics relating to the functions assigned to it under the Law of Autonomy and as a member of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), along with statistics envisaged under the Spanish National Statistics Plan. It pursues this activity in accordance with the principles established in the ESCB’s Public Commitment on European Statistics.


IDESCAT. Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya

The Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) is the body responsible for official statistics in the region of Catalonia, Spain. Created in December 1989 (Decree 241/1989 of 11 December), it is a regional administrative body with legal personality, administrative and financial autonomy, and full capacity to act within its areas of competence, in accordance with Law 23/1998, on statistics in Catalonia. At present it comes under the Ministry of the Vice-presidency and of the Economy and Finance, of the Government of Catalonia.

The mission of the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) is to provide high-quality and relevant statistical information, with professional independence, and to coordinate the Statistical System of Catalonia, with the aim of contributing to the decision making, research and improvement to public policies.

Dades obertes de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Gencat Open Data is the Government of Catalonia’s portal, managed by the Innovation and Democractic Quality unit, where information of a public nature is published with the goal of fostering the use and reuse of information that comes from the administration.

The data derive from different public organisations of the Government of Catalonia and are grouped into a data catalogue. The data are available in different formats, most of which are standard, so they may be reused easily.

The Government of Catalonia, following international movements of opening up public data and upon the advice of experts from the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is committed to the progressive opening up of the public data it has available, with the privacy, safety and intellectual property limitations that apply in each case, according to the government agreement of November 2010. See the section What is Open Data for more information on the overall initiative. 

Centre d’Estudis d’Opinió CEO

It is accessed through UPCEO, a program developed by CEO to analyze the data arrays of the Barometers of Political Opinion. This application has the following functions: frequency tables, crosses of two variables, basic statistics (mean, median, maximum i minimum, quartile distribution, variance, standard deviation), selection, segmentation and recoding.

The CEO is an autonomous administrative body of the Generalitat of Catalonia attached to the Department of Presidency through the Secretary of Government. Functionally, it is a tool of government and offers a rigorous and quality service to all institutions and people who are interested in the evolution of Catalan public opinion.

It carries out exclusively in the scope of the Generalitat of Catalonia, studies of opinion on intention to vote, assessment of political parties and leaders and post-election studies.

Eurobaròmetre Social de CCOO de Catalunya

It is elaborated by the Center for Research and Trade Union Research of CCOO, wants to be a basic tool for the consultation and analysis of statistical data on economic, social and labor development of the European Union, time becomes a reference of character Comparative with respect to the Catalan reality. In short, its purpose is to provide a series of information and analysis at a time when, beyond economic convergence, the construction of Social Europe is found on all agendas of trade union organizations.

For the above reasons, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, is the basic source for the elaboration of the CCOO Social Eurobarometer of Catalonia. In this way, the maximum level of homogeneity and comparability of the information collected is ensured, since the treatment of the data provided by the different States of the European Union receives the same methodological treatment.

However, the lower development of regional statistics in the European Union does not always provide specific information at the level of Catalonia. This has involved, in certain cases, the subsidiary use of data obtained directly from the Statistics Institute of Catalonia (IDESCAT) and the National Statistics Institute (INE), which is indicated in the corresponding data. In these cases, the presence of some variations in the methodological criteria used may affect, albeit very slightly, the degree of comparability of these data.

Programa HERMES Sistema d'Informació Socioeconòmica Local. Diputació de Barcelona

The main is to provide socioeconomic information and technical assistance to the institutions, entities and local governments to support strategic decision making in the field of economic development.

HERMES is set to:


Information about these products is obtained through a process of consultation with various institutions and public and private owners, emphasizing the collaboration of the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (IDESCAT), plus: National Statistics Institute (INE), the Department of Enterprise and Employment of the Government of Catalonia, Waste Agency of Catalonia, the Public Observatory of the Employment, Cadaster General Directorate, Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, etc. The Barcelona Provincial Council also offers socioeconomic variables created by various departments of the institution: the Municipal Economic Information Service (SIEM) provides family income of the municipalities, the Laboratory of Tourism offers the tourist profile by county and the Economic Development and Employment Management Services the estimated unemployment rate registered.

Information about these products is updated regularly, determined by the frequency of data updating and publication of studies and reports by the supply sources.

The statistical data can be viewed or downloaded in Excel format and XML. Coming soon will be available the online display of thematic maps.

All variables have a technical description to help a better understanding of the information they present. Moreover, indicators are accompanied by a methodological explanation. You can access both, from the Glossary in the right side menu or from each indicator or specific variable by clicking on the glossary symbol.

TERRITORIAL SELECTION allows to obtain information of any group of municipalities chosen by the user. This is a unique feature of the Hermes program compared to other statistical information webs. Selection is done from the menu on the right side by clicking on selection of new area, then the user can select the territory in a window, once the territory is established, it appears on the right side menu and all the information (local data, indicators and reports) are provided only in this regional selection. By default, if you do not select any field, information is displayed for all the municipalities of the province. 

Dades de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona

The Statistics database is a set of statistical tables, on different aspects of the city and its citizens, which have been elaborated over time.

The catalog is an orderly collection, chronologically and territorially of the statistical tables, at the same time as they are referenced with an internal code, which allows you to request different selections, upon written request to the Department.

Dades estadistiques de l'Observatori Català de la Joventut

Its objective is to produce knowledge and raise awareness of the social reality of young people in Catalonia.

Contribute to guide and update the youth policies and actions that from the public administrations and the civil society are directed to the youth.

Promote the research and training of researchers in the field of youth.

Provide technical and training support to professionals and elected youth.

Strengthen relations with other national and international research institutions.

Panel de Desigualtats de Catalunya (PaD)

Information is collected on social and economic inequalities in Catalonia.

His main areas of research are education, work, housing, income, health, social attitudes and values, national identities and religion.

Campus d'excel·lència internacional U A B