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European Values Study

The Church Research Institute contributed to the European Values Study (EVS) in 2017 by acquiring material in Finland.  Compiled every nine years since 1981, the EVS is an international questionnaire survey providing database material for the follow-up and international comparison, for example, of changes in the human values among the Finnish population. Researcher Kimmo Ketola is responsible for the Finnish portion of the EVS project.

The fifth wave of EVS material acquisition started in 2017 and, in Finland, the relevant material was gathered during autumn 2017 and spring 2018. The EVS involves a total of 30 European countries. The materials for the first 16 countries were published in December 2018. The following publication in July 2019 included the materials for Finland. The material is expected to be completed in its entirety by the end of 2020.

The Finnish material was stored in the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) and delivered to the international research group to be integrated in the international material. Stored in the GESIS-DAS archives in Cologne, Germany (http://www.gesis.org/The link opens in a new tab), the international material is accessible for academic research and education.

In addition to religion, the EVS surveys extensively cover various views, beliefs and values affecting people’s daily lives. The 2017 survey contained questions regarding, among other things, the following topics:

  • Meaning of family and work
  • Moral views and beliefs
  • Trust in different human groups and institutions and attitudes towards them
  • National pride
  • Interest in politics and attitudes related to economic policies
  • Environmental attitudes

A special theme in the 2017 survey was identity and solidarity. More information on the EVS project: