European Values Study

EVS Service


Dr. Markus Quandt

Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften
International Surveys

+49 (221) 47694-400

Dipl.-Soz. Evelyn Brislinger

Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften
International Surveys

+49 (221) 47694-467

Ivet Solanes Ros

Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften
International Surveys

+49 (221) 47694-466

Where is Europe heading? This is one of the main questions of the European Values Study (EVS) - the most comprehensive research project on human values in Europe. It 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.

The research program was initiated by the European Value System Study Group (EVSSG) in the late 1970s and has emerged as a well-established network of social and political scientists aiming at high standards in data creation and processing. It is now carried out under the responsibility of the EVS Foundation. From 1981 to 2008 four waves of survey were conducted in European and other countries. These surveys explore value differences, similarities, and value changes among citizens of the EVS member countries. For an overview of participating countries in EVS waves, click here.

To facilitate time series analysis, the EVS Longitudinal data File 1981-2008 has been constructed. For comparisons on an international level, this data file can easily be combined with the World Values Surveys Longitudinal data File 1981-2014. The resulting Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2014 will cover surveys conducted in 113 countries/regions.

EVS waves - Study overview

The table below gives an overview of the EVS surveys. Every survey is linked to a Study Profile page, providing detailed information on the survey and access to related documentation.

EVS Surveys

Survey/WaveYear Countries/ RegionsDatasets
1st wave (1981-1983)1981-198316Integrated dataset (ZA4438)
2nd wave (1989-1993)1989-199329Integrated dataset (ZA4460)
3rd wave (1999-2001)1999-200133Integrated dataset (ZA3811)
National datasets (ZA3776-ZA3808)
4th wave (2008-2010)2008-201047Integrated dataset (ZA4800)
National datasets (ZA4751-ZA4797)
5th wave (2017- )2017-161st Pre-release, Integrated dataset (ZA7500)
Longitudinal data File 1981-20081981-200848Cumulative dataset (ZA4804) based on EVS 1981, 1990, 1999, 2008
Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2014 1981-2014113Integrated dataset based on surveys from EVS project and WVS project

Overview of countries participating in EVS waves

1st wave (1981)
2nd wave (1990)
3rd wave (1999)
4th wave (2008)
Albania   2008
Armenia   2008
Austria 199019992008
Azerbaijan   2008
Belarus  20002008
Bosnia-Herzegovina   2008
Bulgaria 1990/199119992008
Croatia  19992008
Cyprus   2008
Czech Republic

Estonia 199019992008
Finland 199020002009


Great Britain1981199019992009/2010
Greece  19992008
Hungary 199119992008/2009
Lithuania 199019992008
Luxembourg  19992008
Moldova   2008
Montenegro   2008
Northern Cyprus   2008
Northern Ireland1981199019992008
Norway19821990 2008
Poland 199019992008
Portugal 199019992008
Romania 199319992008
Russian Federation  19992008
Serbia   2008
Slovak Republic
Slovenia 199219992008
Switzerland   2008
Turkey  20012008/2009
Ukraine  19992008


* 1981 only West Germany

Access to data and documentation

EVS data and documentation can be downloaded free of charge from the GESIS Data Catalogue. Registration is required only for data downloads. In addition, ZACAT enables browsing dataset documentation and online analyses.

Question retrieval

  • Online variable overview EVS 1981-2008 allows for comparisons of trend variables of all EVS waves. In addition, it supports comparisons of original question texts across the waves 1999 and 2008.
  • ZACAT provides data and documentation for retrieval purposes and data exploration. It further allows searching for variables and identifying trend variables across EVS waves.
  • Question text retrieval allows for full-text searches in the English Master Questionnaires and multilingual variable documentation.

Special offers

  • EVS Website provides information on the EVS research project, and on history and methods of the EVS surveys.
  • Atlas of European Values unlocks the results of EVS surveys for the general public;  presents values, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions through graphs, charts, and maps.
  • The interactive website 'Atlas of European Values' facilitates courses for secondary education and supports a better understanding of European values.