NorLAG Den norske studien av livsløp, aldring og generasjon

Data access

Looking for data on life course, ageing and generation?

NorLAG is part of the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure at the Research Council of Norway (grant no 195403 and 269920). The aim of this project is to, through comprehensive data management, establish an infrastructure that facilitates and stimulates use of the data. Anonymous data from NorLAG is available through the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD).

For more information about NorLAG and access to data.


The data, which are freely available for research purposes, are organised in 18 modules covering three main domains: (I) Family and social networks; (II) Work and activities; and (III) Health, wellbeing and values. In addition, there is a separate key module with basic information about the respondents.

Family and social Networks
Family and social networks play a central role in the daily lives of most individuals. Here, you will find information about family members (e.g. partner, children, parents) and friends, as well as about the local environments people live in (e.g housing and neighbourhood). The information also covers support exchanges and contact patterns.

Work and activities
Paid and unpaid (voluntary) work, as well as social activities (such as exercise, cultural events, travelling) are important ingredients of people’s life. Here, you will find information about work and retirement, volunteering and other activities. Also included in this domain are register data on education, sickness absence, and a multitude of income measures.

Health, wellbeing and values
In studying ageing and later life, it is important to consider personal experiences of ageing, including self-rated health, the resources relevant to it, and the consequences for subjective well-being. In this domain, you will find information about the respondents’ health and wellbeing, as well as informal care exchanges and formal care. Data on personality characteristics are also included here. In addition, this domain covers values and attitudes (including attitudes towards care responsibilities of families and the welfare state) and life events.


All publications using NorLAG data should include the following acknowledgment:

The NorLAG data collections have been financed by The Research Council of Norway, four ministries, The Norwegian Directorate of Health, The Norwegian State Housing Bank, Statistics Norway and NOVA, OsloMet. NorLAG data are part of the ACCESS Life Course infrastructure funded by the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure at the Research Council of Norway (grant no. 195403 and no. 269920).