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ZA4799: European Values Study 2008: Integrated Dataset (EVS 2008) - Restricted Use File

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Citation Citation EVS (2016): European Values Study 2008: Integrated Dataset (EVS 2008) - Restricted Use File. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4799 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA4799
TitleEuropean Values Study 2008: Integrated Dataset (EVS 2008) - Restricted Use File
Current Version1.0.0, 2016-4-15,
Date of Collection27.03.2008 - 15.03.2010
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Gedeshi, Ilir - Center for Economic and Social Studies, Albania
  • Zulehner, Paul M. - University of Vienna, Austria
  • Rotman, David - Belarus State University, Belarus
  • Swyngedouw, Marc - Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Voyé, Liliane - Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Fotev, Georgy - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Baloban, Josip - University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Roudometof, Victor - University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Rabusic, Ladislav - Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Gundelach, Peter - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Saar, Andrus - SAAR POLL, Estonia
  • Pehkonen, Juhani - TNS Gallup Oy, Finland
  • Tchernia, Jean-François - Tchernia Etudes Conseil, France
  • Pachulia, Merab - Georgian Opinion Research Business International (GORBI), Georgia
  • Jagodzinski, Wolfgang - University of Cologne, Germany
  • Voas, David - University of Manchester, Great Britain
  • Gari, Aikaterini - University of Athens, Greece
  • Rosta, Gergely - Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary
  • Jónsson, Fridrik H. - University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Breen, Michael - University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Rovati, Giancarlo - Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy
  • Zepa, Brigita - Baltic Institute of Social Sciences, Latvia
  • Ziliukaite, Ruta - Institute of Culture, Philosophy and Art, Lithuania
  • Hausman, Pierre - CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg
  • Petkovska, Antoanela - Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Republic of Macedonia
  • Troisi, Joseph - University of Malta, Malta
  • Petruti, Doru - Institute of Marketing and Polls IMAS-INC, Republic of Moldova
  • Besic, Milos - University of Montenegro, Republic of Montenegro
  • European Values Study - (Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Northern Cyprus)
  • Halman, Loek - Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Smith, Alan - University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
  • Listhaug, Ola - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Jasinska-Kania, Aleksandra - University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Vala, Jorge - University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Voicu, Malina - Romanian Academy, Romania
  • Bashkirova, Elena - Bashkirova & Partners, Russian Federation
  • Gredelj, Stjepan - University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Kusá, Zuzana - Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Republic
  • Tos, Niko - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Silvestre Cabrera, María - University of Deusto, Spain
  • Lundasen, Susanne - Ersta Sköndal University College, Sweden
  • Joye, Dominique - Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences (FORS), University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Esmer, Yilmaz - Bahcesehir University, Turkey
  • Balakireva, Olga - National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine


AbstractTwo online overviews offer comprehensive metadata on the EVS datasets and variables. The extended study description for the EVS 2008 provides country-specific information on the origin and outcomes of the national surveys The variable overview of the four EVS waves 1981, 1990, 1999/2000, and 2008 allows for identifying country specific deviations in the question wording within and across the EVS waves. These overviews can be found at: Extended Study Description Variable Overview Moral, 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; frequency of political discussions with friends; happiness; self-assessment of own health; memberships and unpaid work (volunteering) in: social welfare services, religious or church organisations, education, or cultural activities, labour unions, political parties, local political actions, human rights, environmental or peace movement, professional associations, youth work, sports clubs, women´s groups, voluntary associations concerned with health or other groups; tolerance towards minorities (people with a criminal record, of a different race, left/right wing extremists, alcohol addicts, large families, emotionally unstable people, Muslims, immigrants, AIDS sufferers, drug addicts, homosexuals, Jews, gypsies and Christians - social distance); trust in people; estimation of people´s fair and helpful behaviour; internal or external control; satisfaction with life. 2. Work: reasons for people to live in need; importance of selected aspects of occupational work; employment status; general work satisfaction; freedom of decision-taking in the job; importance of work (work ethics, scale); important aspects of leisure time; attitude towards following instructions at work without criticism (obedience work); give priority to nationals over foreigners as well as men over women in jobs. 3. Religion: individual or general clear guidelines for good and evil; religious denomination; current and former 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; churches give adequate answers to moral questions, problems of family life, spiritual needs and social problems of the country; belief in God, life after death, hell, heaven, sin and re-incarnation; personal God versus spirit or life force; own way of connecting with the divine; interest in the sacred or the supernatural; attitude towards the existence of one true religion; importance of God in one´s life (10-point-scale); experience of comfort and strength from religion and belief; moments of prayer and meditation; frequency of prayers; belief in lucky charms or a talisman (10-point-scale); attitude towards the separation of church and state. 4. Family and marriage: most important criteria for a successful marriage (scale); attitude towards childcare (a child needs a home with father and mother, a woman has to have children to be fulfilled, marriage is an out-dated institution, woman as a single-parent); attitude towards marriage, children, and traditional family structure (scale); attitude towards traditional understanding of one´s role of man and woman in occupation and family (scale); attitude towards: respect and love for parents, parent´s responsibilities for their children and the responsibility of adult children for their parents when they are in need of long-term care; importance of educational goals; attitude towards abortion. 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); self-responsibility or governmental provision; free decision of job-taking of the unemployed or no permission to refuse a job; advantage or harmfulness of competition; liberty of firms or governmental control; equal incomes or incentives for individual efforts; attitude concerning capitalism versus government ownership; postmaterialism (scale); expectation of future development (less emphasis on money and material possessions, greater respect for authority); trust in institutions; satisfaction with democracy; assessment of the political system of the country as good or bad (10-point-scale); preferred type of political system (strong leader, expert decisions, army should rule the country, or democracy); attitude towards democracy (scale). 6. Moral attitudes (scale: claiming state benefits without entitlement, cheating on taxes, joyriding, taking soft drugs, lying, adultery, bribe money, homosexuality, abortion, divorce, euthanasia, suicide, corruption, paying cash, casual sex, avoiding fare on public transport, prostitution, experiments with human embryos, genetic manipulation of food, insemination or in-vitro fertilization and death penalty). 7. National identity: geographical group the respondent feels belonging to (town, region of country, country, Europe, the world); citizenship; national pride; fears associated with the European Union (the loss of social security and national identity, growing expenditure of the own country, the loss of power in the world for one´s own country and the loss of jobs); attitude towards the enlargement of the European Union (10-point-scale); voting intensions in the next election and party preference; party that appeals most; preferred immigrant policy; opinion on terrorism; attitude towards immigrants and their customs and traditions (take jobs away, undermine a country´s cultural life, make crime problems worse, strain on country´s welfare system, threat to society, maintain distinct customs and traditions); feeling like a stranger in one´s own country; too many immigrants; important aspects of national identity (being born in the country, to respect country´s political institutions and laws, to have country´s ancestry, to speak the national language, to have lived for a long time in the country); interest in politics in the media; give authorities information to help justice versus stick to own affaires; closeness to family, neighbourhood, the people in the region, countrymen, Europeans and mankind; concerned about the living conditions of elderly people, unemployed, immigrants and sick or disabled people. 8. Environment: attitude towards the environment (scale: readiness to give part of own income for the environment, overpopulation, disastrous consequences from human interference with nature, human ingenuity remains earth fit to live in, the balance of nature is strong enough to cope with the impacts of modern industrial nations, humans were meant to rule over the rest of nature, an ecological catastrophe is inevitable). Demography: sex; age (year of birth); born in the country of interview; country of birth; year of immigration into the country; father and mother born in the country; country of birth of father and mother; current legal marital status; living together with the partner before marriage or before the registration of partnership; living together with a partner and living with a partner before; steady relationship; married to previous partner; living together with previous partner before marriage; end of relationship; number of children; year of birth of the first child; size and composition of household; experienced events: the death of a child, of father or mother, the divorce of a child, of the parents or of another relative; age of respondent when these events took place; age at completion of education; highest educational level attained; employment status; employed or self-employed in the last job; profession (ISCO-88) and occupational position; supervising function and span of control; size of company. Social origin and partner: respondent´s partner or spouse: partner was born in the country and partner´s country of birth; highest educational level; employment status of the partner; employment or self-employment of the partner in his/her last job; partner´s profession (ISCO-88) and occupational position; supervising function of the partner and span of control; unemployment and dependence on social-security of the respondent and his partner longer then three months in the last five years; scale of household income; living together with parents when the respondent was 14 years old; highest educational level of father/mother; employment status of father/mother when the respondent was 14 years old; profession of father/mother (ISCO-88) and kind of work; number of employees (size of business); supervising function and span of control of father and mother; 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); region the respondent lived at the age of 14, present place of residence (postal code); size of town; region. Interviewer rating: respondent´s interest in the interview. Additionally encoded: interviewer number; date of the interview; total length of the interview; time of the interview (start hour and start minute, end hour and end minute); language in which the interview was conducted. Additional country specific variables are included in this national dataset.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
  • Religion and Weltanschauung
  • Religion and values
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 5 Society and culture
  • 5.5 Religion and values


Geographic Coverage
  • Albania (AL)
  • Armenia (AM)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belarus (BY)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Georgia (GE)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Kosovo-Metohija (RS-KM), Kosovo
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Moldova, Republic of (MD)
  • Montenegro (ME)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Russian Federation (RU)
  • Serbia (RS)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Ukraine (UA)
  • Cyprus (CY), Turkish Cypriot Community
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Iceland (IS)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • North Macedonia (MK)
  • Norway (NO)
UniversePersons 18 years or older who are resident within private households, regardless of nationality and citizenship or language. In Armenia persons 15 years or older and in Finland persons from 18 to 74 years were interviewed. For country-specific information, see ´EVS 2008 Method Report´ GESIS-Technical Reports 2010/10.
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
A representative multi-stage or stratified random sample of the adult population of the country 18 years old and older (except Armenia 15+ and Finland 18 to 74 years) was used for the EVS 2008. The net sample size (in the sense of completed interviews) is 1500 respondents per country, except Northern Cyprus and Northern Ireland (with 500 interviews each), Iceland (808), Cyprus (1000), Ireland (1013), Norway (1090), Finland (1134), Sweden (1187), Switzerland (1272) France (random sample: 1501, two additional quota samples: 1570), Germany (disproportional sample East: 1004, West: 1071). For country-specific information, see EVS, GESIS (2010): EVS 2008 Method Report. GESIS-Technical Reports 2010/17. Retrieved from
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
In all countries, fieldwork was conducted on the basis of detailed and uniform instructions prepared by the EVS advisory groups. The EVS questionnaires were administered as face-to-face interviews in the appropriate national language(s). As far as the data capture is concerned, CAPI or PAPI was used in nearly all countries. Exceptions are Finland (internet panel) and Sweden (postal survey). The English basic questionnaire was translated into other languages by means of the questionnaire translation system WebTrans, a web-based translation platform designed by Gallup Europe. The whole translation process was closely monitored and quasi-automated documented (see EVS (2010): EVS 2008 Guidelines and Recommendations. GESIS-Technical Reports 2010/16. Retrieved from For country-specific information, see EVS, GESIS (2010): EVS 2008 Method Report. GESIS-Technical Reports 2010/17. Retrieved from
Data CollectorAlbania: Strategic Puls Research, Tirana; Armenia: Marketing Communications, Yerevan; Austria: GFK Austria GmbH, Vienna; Belarus: Belarus State University, Center for Sociological and Political Research, Minsk; Belgium: TNS-Dimarso, Brussels; Bosnia-Herzegovina: PULS doo, Sarajevo; Bulgaria: Market LINKS-Research & Consulting, Sofia; Croatia: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work, Zagreb; Cyprus: CYMAR Market Research, Nicosia; Northern Cyprus: Prologue Consulting, Nicosia; Czech Republic: SC&C spol. s r. o., Prague; Denmark: SFI Survey, Copenhagen; Estonia: SAAR POLL, Tallinn; Finland: TNS Gallup Oy, Espoo; France: Institut de Sondages Lavialle (I.S.L.) Issy-les-Moulineaux; Georgia: GORBI Gallup International, Tbilisi; Germany: BIK MARPLAN Intermedia GmbH, Offenbach am Main; Great Britain: Quality Fieldwork & Research Services, Birmingham; Greece: Metron Analysis S.A., Athens; Hungary: Forsense Piackutató és Stratégiai Tanácsadó Kft., Budapest; Iceland: The Social Science Research Institute, Reykjavík; Ireland: TNS mrbi, Dublin; Italy: C.R.S. Centro Ricerche Sociali -di Marzulli M. & C. S.a.s., Milan; Kosovo: Strategic Puls Research, Pristina; Latvia: Latvian Facts, Riga, Latvia; Lithuania: Baltic Surveys- market and public opinion research company, Vilnius; Luxembourg: CEPS/INSTEAD, Differdange; Macedonia: Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Skopje Malta: MISCO international, Malta; Republic of Moldova: Institute of Marketing and Polls IMAS-INC Chisinau, Chisinau; Republic of Montenegro: Strategic Research, Podgorica; The Netherlands: TNS NIPO, Amsterdam; Northern Ireland: TNS mrbi, Dublin; Norway: Statistics Norway, Oslo; Poland: Pentor Research International S.A., Warsaw; Portugal: TNS Euroteste, Lisbon; Romania: The Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy of Science (RIQL), Metro Media Transilvania, Bucharest; Russian Federation: Bashkirova and partners, Moscow; Serbia: Strategic Marketing d.o.o., Belgrade; Slovak Republic: TNS SK. S.r.o., Bratislava; Slovenia: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences Spain: Metroscopia, Madrid; Sweden: Statistics Sweden (SCB), Örebro; Switzerland: M.I.S. Trend S.A., Lausanne; Turkey: SAM Arastirma, Danisma ve Tanitim Hizmetleri A.S. and Bulgu Arastirma ve Halkla Iliskiler Ltd Sti, Istanbul; Ukraine: Kiev International Institute of Sociology, Kiev
Date of Collection
  • 27.03.2008 - 15.03.2010 (Albania: 2008-07-10 to 2008-09-09 Armenia: 2008-06-16 to 2008-09-19 Austria: 2008-07-21 to 2008-10-22 Belarus: 2008-06-11 to 2008-07-31 Belgium: 2009-04-30 to 2009-08-02 Bosnia-Herzegovina: 2008-07-12 to 2008-07-31 Bulgaria: 2008-04-21 to 2008-06-15 Croatia: 2008-04-31 to 2008-10-31 Cyprus: 2008-10-25 to 2008-11-28 Northern Cyprus: 2008-10-28 to 2008-12-04 Czech Republic: 2008-05-05 to 2008-11-02 Denmark: 2008-04-01 to 2008-09-15 Estonia: 2008-07-01 to 2008-08-31 Finland: 2009-07-09 to 2009-07-15 France: 2008-05-07 to 2008-09-04 Georgia: 2008-08-21 to 2008-09-30 Germany: 2008-09-17 to 2009-02-10 Great Britain: 2009-08-01 to 2010-03-10 Greece: 2008-09-12 to 2008-10-26 Hungary: 2008-11-26 to 2009-01-28 Iceland: 2009-07-15 to 2010-03-15 Ireland: 2008-06-07 to 2008-08-31 Italy: 2009-10-02 to 2009-12-30 Kosovo: 2008-07-15 to 2008-10-13 Latvia: 2008-06-01 to 2008-10-31 Lithuania: 2008-07-21 to 2008-09-14 Luxembourg: 2008-05-03 to 2008-12-15 Malta: 2008-06-16 to 2008-09-23 Republic of Macedonia: 2008-07-03 to 2008-10-13 Republic of Moldova: 2008-07-02 to 2008-10-04 Republic of Montenegro: 2008-11-12 to 2008-12-08 The Netherlands: 2008-05-21 to 2008-10-31 Northern Ireland: 2008-09-26 to 2008-10-23 Norway: 2008-04-07 to 2008-09-02 Poland: 2008-06-27 to 2008-09-28 Portugal: 2008-05-26 to 2008-08-31 Romania: 2008-04-24 to 2008-06-30 Russian Federation: 2008-06-28 to 2008-07-26 Serbia: 2008-07-14 to 2008-07-31 Slovak Republic: 2008-07-14 to 2008-08-29 Slovenia: 2008-03-27 to 2008-06-18 Spain: 2008-05-28 to 2008-07-15 Sweden: 2009-09-25 to 2010-01-10 Switzerland: 2008-05-08 to 2008-10-06 Turkey: 26-11-08 to 01-03-09 Ukraine: 2008-07-12 to 2008-10-09)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2016-4-15 first archive edition
Errata in current version
2016-6-10For information on Errata, please go to the study description of the EVS 2008 Integrated Dataset (ZA4800), section Hystory & Errata.
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe EVS Integrated Dataset 2008 is offered in two different versions: • The EVS Integrated Dataset 2008 (Restricted Use File), ZA4799 contains complete information, i.e. also data that could not be included in the EVS 2008 ZA4800 because of data protection concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, its usage is subject to specific contractual regulations. The contract allowing for off-site access can be downloaded in section ‘Data and Documentation’ of the study description. • The EVS Integrated Dataset 2008, ZA4800 contains de facto anonymised data, i.e. specific information is aggregated into coarse categories providing less detailed information on respondent’s residence and occupation. It is provided for direct download through the GESIS data catalogue free of charge after registration.
Number of Units: 66281
Number of Variables: 477
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.
  • Atlas of European Values: Trends and Traditions at the turn of the Century. Loek Halman, Inge Sieben, and Marga van Zundert, Tilburg University. Leiden, Tilburg: Brill 2012. 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.