Longitudinal file 1981-2008

Due to data security reasons, the EVS LdF is offered in two different versions:

  • EVS Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008, ZA4804, v.3.1.0 (2020-4-8), doi:10.4232/1.13486.
  • EVS Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008 (Restricted Use File), ZA5174, v.1.0.0 (2015-10-30), doi:10.4232/1.5174.

Documentation: as of 2020-4-8

Related to the current release of the EVS LdF, two approaches are combined: refined anonymization measures are applied to the data, and appropriate ways of access to anonymized and sensitive data are implemented. As a result, the two versions of the EVS LdF 1981-2008 are made available through different access ways:

EVS LdF ZA4804 (SUF)
This dataset version contains de facto anonymized data the Data Archive provides for download through the GESIS data catalog. To prevent the identification of single respondents, specific information of the EVS 2008 surveys is aggregated into coarse categories providing users with less detailed information on respondent’s residence and occupation.

EVS LdF ZA5174 (Restricted Use File)
This data file contains complete information, i.e., also data that could not be included in the SUF because of data protection concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, its usage is subject to specific contractual regulations. The contract allowing for off-site access can be download here.

Access to data and documentation

Data and Documentation: Overview of data and documentation provided on the EVS Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008
The four EVS waves: Overview of documentation provided on the EVS waves 1981, 1990, 1999, and 2008
Where to get the data: General information on how to download data

Participating countries and study design

The data cover a whole generation: almost 30 years. 164.997 people answered questions in altogether 64 languages/language versions. 48 countries/regions administered altogether 124 surveys: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great-Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia Republic, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Montenegro, The Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.


Countries participating in EVS waves 1981-2008: EVS countries 1981-2008 PDF
EVS variable list PDF, Excel

How to build an Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2014 data file?

If you need advice and information on how to merge the EVS Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008 with the WVS 6-waves aggregate 1981-2014, please go to Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2014.