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Eurobarometer special topics

Standard & Special Eurobarometer have intermittently investigated a broad scope of special topics, such as agriculture, biotechnology, energy, environment, gender roles, immigration, information society, knowledge of foreign languages, poverty and social exclusion, public health, regional identity, science and technology, working conditions, urban traffic etc. A Eurobarometer specific subject tree supports the identification of these topical modules throughout the survey series.

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Age Groups


Consumer behaviour

Cultural identity

Economic issues


Employment and Labour


Gender Role / women-s role



Living conditions

Natural Environment


International relations

International relations: EU

POLITICS: International understanding


Public Health

Public safety

Science and technology

Traffic / Transportation

Notes on the Eurobarometer topic classification

Each keyword leads to the study profile of the relevant Eurobarometer survey(s) for direct access to all available documentation (study description, codebook, basic bilingual and country specific field questionnaires, data access) and related primary publications (reports). 

Whenever possible, subject terms have been adopted in accordance with the UK Data Archive's HASSET thesaurus or the ICPSR subject thesaurus depending on adequacy.

Please notice that the keywords in the subject tree only refer to distinct special topical modules in the Eurobarometer series. Stand alone questions or standard EU topics are not considered. The appearance of several surveys under the same topic does not necessarily imply that identical or equivalent questions have been asked. If needed, the hierarchical structure of the subject tree has been adapted for user friendly display.

The main subject categories for the classification of the FLASH Eurobarometer are documented separately.  

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Special topic: Discrimination

Eurobarometer have repeatedly focussed on discrimination against racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation and sex. While perspectives partly changed, a few measures for awareness and experience of discrimination or attitudes towards out-groups have been repeated over time. Recently this special topic was surveyed in the context of Eurobarometer 83.4 (2015).

Special topic: Development

One of the special topics investigated across the Eurobarometer series regards the international aid to development (temporarily not available), starting already with EB 20 (1983). An exemplary research article on attitudes towards development aid is based on EB 71.2 (2009).

In the recent Eurobarometer 82.1 question module QB explicitly addresses the European Year for Development. The European Commission has published the corresponding special report 421. Aggregated results (table volumes) are made available through the EU Open Data Portal.