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ZA3792: EVS - European Values Study 1999 - Latvia

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Citation Citation EVS (2012): EVS - European Values Study 1999 - Latvia. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA3792 Data file Version 3.0.1,
Study No.ZA3792
TitleEVS - European Values Study 1999 - Latvia
Current Version3.0.1, 2012-12-28,
Date of Collection01.03.1999 - 31.03.1999
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Zepa, Brigita - Baltic Institute of Social Sciences, Latvia


AbstractMoral, religious, societal, political, work, and family values of Europeans. Topics: Leisure time: importance of areas of life; feeling of happiness; memberships and honorary activities in clubs, parties, organizations, citizens´ initiatives and occupation organizations; interactions in leisure time; tolerance regarding minorities, those of other beliefs and foreigners; inter-human trust; self-effectiveness (scale); general contentment with life (scale). Work: importance of selected characteristics of occupational work (scale); personal employment; general work satisfaction (scale); self-determination at work (scale); work ethic (scale); attitude to achievement-based pay and following work instructions without criticism; priority of nationals over foreigners as well as men over women with shortage of jobs; assumed priority of individual or social reasons for the situation of economic need of individuals; freedom of the unemployed to reject a job offer (scale). Politics: party preference; attitude to foreign workers in one´s country; fear of the future; assimilation and integration of immigrants; concept of a just society (more welfare state or liberalism, scale); interest in political news in the media; individualism and thinking of the community; interest in politics; political participation; self-assessment on a left-right continuum (scale); self-responsibility or governmental provision (scale); attitude to competition freedom and entrepreneur freedom (scale); satisfaction with democracy; attitude to the current political system of the country and judgment on the political system of the country ten years ago (scale); preference for a democratic political system or for strong leadership of an individual politician (scale); attitude to democracy (scale); loss of national characteristics through unification of Europe. Religion: individual or general standard for good and evil; current and perhaps earlier religious denomination; current frequency of church attendance and at the age of 12; importance of religious celebration at birth, marriage and funeral; self-assessment of religiousness; ability of the religious community in moral questions, with problems in family life, spiritual needs and current social problems of the country; belief in God, life after death, hell, heaven, sin, telepathy and reincarnation; belief in God or nihilism (scale); importance of God in one´s own life (scale); comfort and strength through belief; prayer and meditation; frequency of prayer; possession and belief in lucky charms or talisman (scale); reading and observing horoscopes; attitude to separation of church (religion) and state (scale). Family and marriage: important criteria for a successful marriage (scale); attitude to marriage and the traditional family structure (scale); attitude to one´s own children (scale); attitude to traditional understanding of one´s role of man and woman in occupation and family (scale); attitude to a traditional or liberal parent-child relation; importance of educational goals; attitude to abortion. Society: preference for individual freedom or social equality; post-materialism (scale); preferred social development (scale); attitude to technical progress; trust in institutions; observing individual human rights in the country; attitude to environmental protection (scale); closeness to family, the neighborhood, people in the region, countrymen, Europeans and humanity; closeness to older people, the unemployed, foreigners and handicapped well as readiness to make an effort for these groups; personal reasons for assistance with older people as well as foreigners; identification with the city, the region, the nation, Europe and the world; national pride. morals and sexuality: moral attitudes (tax evasion, theft, use of drugs, lying, bribe money, corruption, euthanasia, suicide, environmental pollution, alcohol at the wheel; scale); moral attitudes to partnership and sexuality (homosexuality, abortion, divorce, promiscuity; scale); assumed spreading of immoral behavior in the population of the country (scale); attitude to punishment dependent on the situation of the culprit or the victim (scale). Demography: sex; year of birth; marital status and living together with a partner; number of children; school education; age at termination of school training; employment; superior function and span of control; company size; occupation (ISCO88) and occupational position; length of unemployment; size of household; ages of children in household; head of household; characteristics of head of household; household income. Additional country specific questions included. Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate. Also coded: city size; region; date of interview; length of interview.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
  • Religion and Weltanschauung
  • Religion and values
  • Social behaviour and attitudes
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Family life and marriage
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.8 Social behaviour and attitudes
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 13 Social stratification and groupings
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Latvia (LV)
UniverseThe adult population 18 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Representative multi-stage random sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Face-to-face interviews with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorLatvia Social Research Centre, Latvia
Date of Collection
  • 01.03.1999 - 31.03.1999

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
3.0.1 (current version)2012-12-28
2.0.02006-5-30 Data release as of May 2006
1.0.02003-9-30 Data release as of September 2003 (CD-ROM version)
Errata in current version
Version changes
Changes between version 3.0.1 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2012-10-28version, studyno, v324, v325New administrative variables are available only in Integrated Dataset EVS 1999 (v3-0-0) so far.2012-12-28New administrative variables included in dataset.
2012-10-28v191_4, v303_r, v304_r, v308_r, v309_r, v310_r, v310_r2, v311_2, v311_3, v317_2, v317_3, v320_r, v324, v325, o52_r, age, age_r, age_r2Constructed variables are available only in Integrated Dataset EVS 1999 (v3-0-0) so far.2012-12-28Variables were added to the dataset.
2012-10-28f69, f174Flag variables are available only in Integrated Dataset EVS 1999 (v3-0-0) so far.2012-12-28Flag variables were added to the dataset for indicating inconsistencies caused by the most common non-conformed interviewer instructions and illogic answer-patterns.
2012-10-28v177, v178Differing codification and value labels of item batteries across EVS countries.2012-12-28Values/value labels of item batteries were standardized across the EVS waves: 1 ´approve´/0 ´disapprove´ (value code 2 ´disapprove´ recoded to 0 ´disapprove´).
2012-10-28v107 to v109, v111 to v121Differing codification and value labels of item batteries across EVS countries.2012-12-28Values/value labels of item batteries were standardized across the EVS waves: 1 ‘yes’/0 ‘no’ (value code 2 ‘no’ recoded to 0 ‘no’).
2012-10-28v311, v311_3, v311_2, v317, v317_3, v317_2Wild codes.2012-12-28Correction of wild codes and changing and/or adding of value labels. Wild codes which could not be identified and recoded accordingly were recoded into the next identifiable higher level ISCO-88 profession unit.
2012-10-28id_cocas, language, v256, v257, v320, v323Values are not coded according to ISO 3166-1 country code so far.2012-12-28For standardization across EVS waves country identifier according to ISO 3166-1 (numeric or alphanumeric country code) were added. Categories of variable v320 labelled by national currency according to ISO 4217 alphabetic code. Source:
2012-10-28datasetInconsistent spelling of variable and value labels, order of variables in the dataset, and formats.2012-12-28Standardization and correction of spelling of variable and value labels, changing of variable order in the dataset and correction of formats.

Further Remarks

NotesThe sampling procedure is described in detail in the source book of L. Halman mentioned above. The data set is part of an international comparative study whose cumulation is archived under ZA Study No. 3811.
Number of Units: 1013
Number of Variables: 352
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • The European Values Study: A Third Wave. Source book of the 1999/2000 European Values Study Surveys. Halman, Loek, Tilburg: EVS, WORC, Tilburg University 2001. See EVS webpage: here
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Research Data Centre
  •  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.