EQLS 2007 - Methodology: fieldwork

In the second European Quality of Life Survey, the fieldwork was carried out from 20th September and finished, in most countries, on 20th November 2007. The fieldwork in Denmark was completed on 13th December 2007 and in Luxembourg on 18th January 2008. The only exception was FYR Macedonia where the fieldwork was conducted in February 2008, because this country was added to the survey at a later stage.

The overall response rate was 57.9% which was calculated as the proportion of completed interviews from the net sample (gross sample less the non contacts of all kinds). However, there are significant country variations in response rates ranging from 88% in Romania to 33,5% in the UK. The same method of calculating the response rate was used in the 2003 survey (58,4% response rate).