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Dipl.-Soz. Evelyn Brislinger

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Ivet Solanes Ros

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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 2017 five 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)5th wave (2017)
Albania   2008 
Armenia   20082018
Austria 1990199920082018
Azerbaijan   2008 
Belarus  200020082018
Belgium1981199019992009 
Bosnia-Herzegovina   2008 
Bulgaria 1990/1991199920082018
Canada19821990   
Croatia  199920082017/2018
Cyprus   2008 
Czechoslovakia/
Czech Republic

 
1991199920082017
Denmark1981199019992008 
Estonia 199019992008 
Finland 199020002009 
France1981199019992008 
Georgia   20082018
Germany*1981199019992008/20092017/2018
Great Britain1981199019992009/2010 
Greece  19992008 
Hungary 199119992008/2009 
Iceland1984199019992009/20102017/2018
Ireland198119901999/20002008 
Italy1981199019992009 
Kosovo   2008 
Latvia 199019992008 
Lithuania 199019992008 
Luxembourg  19992008 
Macedonia   2008 
Malta1983/1984199119992008 
Moldova   2008 
Montenegro   2008 
Netherlands19811990199920082017/2018
Northern Cyprus   2008 
Northern Ireland1981199019992008 
Norway19821990 2008 
Poland 1990199920082017/2018
Portugal 199019992008 
Romania 199319992008 
Russian Federation  199920082017
Serbia   2008 
Slovakia/ 
Slovak Republic
 1991199920082017
Slovenia 1992199920082017
Spain19811990199920082017/2018
Sweden198219901999/20002009/2010 
Switzerland   20082017/2018
Turkey  20012008/2009 
Ukraine  19992008 
USA19821990 

 

 

* 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.