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ZA7549: European Values Study 2017: Finland - Swedish minority (EVS 2017 Country data file)

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  • ZA7500_cdb_App_A1_Religion.pdf (Variable Report) 2 MBytes
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Citation Citation EVS (2020): European Values Study 2017: Finland - Swedish minority (EVS 2017 Country data file). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7549 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA7549
TitleEuropean Values Study 2017: Finland - Swedish minority (EVS 2017 Country data file)
Current Version1.0.0, 2020-5-27,
Date of Collection26.11.2018 - 31.01.2019
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Schoultz, Åsa von - University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland


AbstractThe European Values Study is a large-scale, cross-national and longitudinal survey research program on how Europeans think about family, work, religion, politics, and society. Repeated every nine years in an increasing number of countries, the survey provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values, and opinions of citizens all over Europe. As previous waves conducted in 1981, 1990, 1999, 2008, the fifth EVS wave maintains a persistent focus on a broad range of values. Questions are highly comparable across waves and regions, making EVS suitable for research aimed at studying trends over time. The new wave has seen a strengthening of the methodological standards. The full release of the EVS 2017 includes data and documentation of altogether 37 participating countries. For more information, please go to the EVS website. Morale, religious, societal, political, work, and family values of Europeans. Topics: 1. Perceptions of life: importance of work, family, friends and acquaintances, leisure time, politics and religion; happiness; self-assessment of own health; memberships in voluntary organisations (religious or church organisations, cultural activities, trade unions, political parties or groups, environment, ecology, animal rights, professional associations, sports, recreation, or other groups, none); active or inactive membership of humanitarian or charitable organisation, consumer organisation, self-help group or mutual aid; voluntary work in the last six months; tolerance towards minorities (people of a different race, heavy drinkers, immigrants, foreign workers, drug addicts, homosexuals, Christians, Muslims, Jews, and gypsies - social distance); trust in people; estimation of people´s fair and helpful behavior; internal or external control; satisfaction with life; importance of educational goals: desirable qualities of children. 2. Work: attitude towards work (job needed to develop talents, receiving money without working is humiliating, people turn lazy not working, work is a duty towards society, work always comes first); importance of selected aspects of occupational work; give priority to nationals over foreigners as well as men over women in jobs. 3. Religion and morale: religious denomination; current and former religious denomination; current frequency of church attendance and at the age of 12; self-assessment of religiousness; belief in God, life after death, hell, heaven, and re-incarnation; personal god vs. spirit or life force; importance of God in one´s life (10-point-scale); frequency of prayers; morale attitudes (scale: claiming state benefits without entitlement, cheating on taxes, taking soft drugs, accepting a bribe, homosexuality, abortion, divorce, euthanasia, suicide, paying cash to avoid taxes, casual sex, avoiding fare on public transport, prostitution, in-vitro fertilization, political violence, death penalty). 4. Family: trust in family; most important criteria for a successful marriage or partnership (faithfulness, adequate income, good housing, sharing household chores, children, time for friends and personal hobbies); marriage is an outdated institution; attitude towards traditional understanding of one´s role of man and woman in occupation and family (gender roles); homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples; duty towards society to have children; responsibility of adult children for their parents when they are in need of long-term care; to make own parents proud is a main goal in life. 5. Politics and society: political interest; political participation; preference for individual freedom or social equality; self-assessment on a left-right continuum (10-point-scale) (left-right self-placement); individual vs. state responsibility for providing; take any job vs. right to refuse job when unemployed; competition good vs. harmful for people; equal incomes vs. incentives for individual effort; private vs. government ownership of business and industry; postmaterialism (scale); most important aims of the country for the next ten years; willingness to fight for the country; expectation of future development (less importance placed on work and greater respect for authority); trust in institutions; essential characteristics of democracy; importance of democracy for the respondent; rating democracy in own country; satisfaction with the political system in the country; preferred type of political system (strong leader, expert decisions, army should rule the country, or democracy); vote in elections on local level, national level and European level; political party with the most appeal; another political party that most appeals; assessment of country´s elections (votes are counted fairly, opposition candidates are prevented from running, TV news favors the governing party, voters are bribed, journalists provide fair coverage of elections, election officials are fair, rich people buy elections, voters are threatened with violence at the polls); opinion on the government´s right to keep people under video surveillance in public areas, monitor all e-mails and any other information exchanged on the Internet, collect information about anyone living in the country without their knowledge; interest in politics in the media; concerned about the living conditions of people in the neighborhood, the people in the region, Finnish Swedes, fellow countrymen, Europeans, all humans all over the world, elderly people, unemployed people, immigrants, sick and disabled people; societal aims (eliminating income inequalities, basic needs for all, recognizing people on merits, protecting against terrorism); rating of services in Swedish (high quality, higher quality in Finnish, language doesn’t matter, quality matters); previously lived abroad; ability to speak Finnish; language used with: wife/ husband/ partner/ common-law spouse, children, mother, father, colleagues at work, friends. 6. National Identity: trust in people from various groups (neighborhood, personally known people, people meet for the first time, people of another religion, and people of another nationality); geographical group the respondent feels belonging to (town, region of country, country, Europe, the world); citizenship; national pride; evaluation of the impact of immigrants on the country´s development; attitude towards immigrants and their customs and traditions (take away jobs, increase crime problems, strain on country´s welfare system, should maintain their distinct customs and traditions or take over customs); important aspects of national identity (to have been born in the country, to respect country´s political institutions and laws, to have country´s ancestry, to speak the national language, to share national culture); important aspects of being European (to have been born in Europe, to have European ancestry, to be a Christian, to share European culture); attitude towards the enlargement of the European Union. 7. Environment: attitude towards the environment (scale: willingness to give part of own income for the environment, too difficult to do much about the environment, more important things in life than environment protection, own activities are useless unless others do the same for the environment, claims about environmental threats are exaggerated); protecting the environment vs. economic growth. Demography: sex; age (year of birth); born in the country of interview; country of birth; year of immigration into the country; current legal marital status; living together with the partner before marriage or before the registration of partnership; living together with a partner; steady relationship; living together with parents or parents in law; number of children in the household and outside the household; number of people in the household (household size); age of the youngest person in the household; age at completion of education; highest educational level (ISCED); employment status; employment or self-employment in the last job; name or title of main job or last main job; profession (ISCO-08, SIOPS-08, ISEI-08, ESEC-08, EGP-11); number of employees (company size); supervising function and number of supervised people; occupational sector (Government or public institution, private business or industry, or private non-profit organization); unemployment longer than three months; dependency on social security during the last five years; scale of household income (weekly, monthly, annual). Information on partner/spouse: born in the country of interview; country of birth; highest educational level (ISCED); employment status; employment or self-employment in the last job; name or title of main job or last main job; profession (ISCO-08, SIOPS-08, ISEI-08, ESEC-08, EGP-11); number of employees (company size); supervising function and number of supervised people. Information on respondent’s parents: father and mother born in the country; country of birth of father and mother; scale of household income; highest educational level of father and mother (ISCED); employment status of father and mother when the respondent was 14 years old; occupational group of the main wage earner at respondent’s age of 14; characterization of the parents when respondent was 14 years old (scale: liked to read books, discussed politics at home with their child, liked to follow the news, had problems making ends meet, had problems replacing broken things). Interviewer rating: respondent´s interest during the interview. Additionally encoded: respondent-ID; casenumber-ID; survey year; start and end of fieldwork (year and month); country code (ISO 3166); country abbreviation (ISO 3166); country and year of fieldwork (ISO 3166); mode of data collection; region (NUTS); city size (NUTS); date of the interview; time of the interview (start hour and start minute, end hour and end minute); language of interview; interviewer number; duplication of cases after merging main and add-on datasets; Flag variable: inconsistencies; Flag variable: complete/incomplete case; household monthly net income (x1000), corrected for ppp in euros; household total net income (recoded). Additional country specific variables are included in this national dataset.
Categories Categories
  • Work and Industry
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Society, Culture
  • Family
  • Person, Personality, Role
  • Natural Environment, Nature
  • Religion and values
  • Cultural and national identity
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Family life and marriage
  • Gender and gender roles
  • Environment and conservation
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 1 Labour and employment
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 13.4 Gender and gender roles
  • 16.4 Environmental degradation/pollution and protection


Geographic Coverage
  • Finland (FI)
UniverseThe target population in EVS 2017 is defined as: individuals aged 18 or older (with no upper age limit) that have address of residence (not residential) in [country] within private households at the date of beginning of fieldwork (or in the date of the first visit to the household, in case of random-route selection) (see the EVS 2017 Methodological Guidelines). For the Finland – Swedish minority survey, the following definition applies: individuals aged 18 or older (with no upper age limit) that have address of residence (not residential) in Finland and that belong to the Swedish speaking minority, living within private households at the date of beginning of fieldwork. Research area: FINLAND (FI) – Swedish-speaking minority
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Simple random
A random sample of the Swedish-speaking Finnish residents has been drawn from the Population Register Centre. The register contains data on every Finnish citizen, comprising also information on the mother tongue. Please note: due to the specificity of the target population, weights are not provided for the time being.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorUniversity of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Date of Collection
  • 26.11.2018 - 31.01.2019

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2020-5-27 Release 1
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe EVS Sweden Finland is part of the European Values Study (EVS), which has been carried out regularly since 1981. The survey consists of about 300 questions which are asked every nine years to the citizens of European countries. The data consist of a comprehensive insight into the values, opinions and attitudes of Europeans in relation to family life, work, the environment, beliefs, politics and society, religion and morals and national identity. The result is a set of data that can be compared over time and between countries. The values of Finnish Swedes were examined in the EVS Sweden Finland study, which was designed in parallel with the EVS as a special survey of Swedish-speaking Finns. This makes it possible to make direct comparisons between the Finnish Swedes, other Finns and European residents. The EVS was previously conducted in Finland, but only in Finland and without Åland. Swedish-speaking Finns are therefore under-represented in the Finnish EVS survey. Other surveys conducted in Swedish-Finnish often focus on Finnish Swedes as an individual group, while the EVS Sweden Finland puts Finnish Swedes in a broader context. The data collection was carried out among 3,600 Swedish-speaking Finns in the years 2018-2019.
Number of Units: 1297
Number of Variables: 405
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • The EVS Bibliography lists all kinds of publications using EVS data, based on national and cross-national analysis. The bibliography is an easy way to find relevant publications in the field of value studies. Moreover, some enhanced publications with information on the datasets, variables, and syntax codes of the concepts used are available. The EVS Bibliography can be found here [].
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  •  European Values Study (EVS)
    The European Values Study 1981-2017 is a large-scale, cross-national and longitudinal survey research program carried out under the responsibility of the European Values Study Foundation. The five EVS waves 1981, 1990, 2008, and 2017 cover a broad range of topics including the main domains of life: work and leisure time, family and sexuality, religion, politics and ethics. The EVS holding includes integrated datasets on every EVS wave and additionally for the waves 1999 and 2008 the national datasets. The current EVS Longitudinal Data File 1981-2017 is based on the four waves and can be easily merged with the World Values Survey (1981-2021) to an Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2021 Data File.