European Values Study

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. There is an overview of participating countries in EVS waves provided. 

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.

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/TerritoriesDatasets
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- )2017-35/2Full release, Integrated dataset (ZA7500)
Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2020 Dataset2017-202079Joint dataset based on EVS2017 and WVS7 (ZA7505)
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
 1st wave (1981)2nd wave (1990)3rd wave (1999)4th wave (2008)5th wave (2017)
Albania   20082018
Armenia   20082018
Austria 1990199920082018
Azerbaijan   20082018
Belarus  200020082018
Bosnia-Herzegovina   20082019
Bulgaria 1990/1991199920082018
Croatia  199920082017/2018
Cyprus   2008 
Czech Republic

Estonia 1990199920082018
Finland 1990200020092017/2018
Georgia   20082018
Great Britain1981199019992009/20102018
Greece  199920082018/2019
Hungary 199119992008/20092018
Kosovo   2008 
Latvia 199019992008 
Lithuania 1990199920082017/2018
Luxembourg  19992008 
Moldova   2008 
Montenegro   20082019
North Macedonia   20082018/2019
Northern Cyprus   2008 
Northern Ireland1981199019992008 
Norway19821990 20082018
Poland 1990199920082017/2018
Portugal 1990199920082020
Romania 1993199920082018
Russian Federation  199920082017
Serbia   20082018
Slovak Republic
Slovenia 1992199920082017
Switzerland   20082017/2018
Turkey  20012008/2009 
Ukraine  19992008 



* 1981 only West Germany

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.

  • 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.