The values of the Finnish Swedes mapped
Parallel to the EVS2017 a special unique survey has been conducted among Swedish-speaking Finns. The synergies with the Central team of EVS and the observance of the EVS methodological guidelines allow scholars to benefit of additional data on values.
The values of the Finnish Swedes have been mapped by researchers at the University of Helsinki in the comprehensive and unique study EVS Svensk Finland. For the first time, it is now possible to make direct comparisons between Finnish Swedes, other Finns and residents around Europe. EVS Sweden Finland is part of the European Values Study (EVS) study that has been conducted regularly since 1981. The survey consists of about 300 questions that are sent out to the citizens of European countries every nine years, thus creating a material that can be compared over time and between countries. The data provides broad insights into Europeans’ values, opinions and attitudes regarding family life, work, environment, view of life, politics and society, religion and morality and national identity. The study was previously conducted in Finland, but only in Finnish and without Åland. Swedish-speaking Finns are thus under-represented in the Finnish EVS survey. Other surveys conducted in Swedish Finland often focus on the Finnish Swedes as an individual group, while EVS Svensk Finland is a unique study that places the Finnish Swedes in a broader context. The data collection was done in 2018–2019 among 3,600 Swedish-speaking Finns.
EVS Sweden Finland has been implemented by state scientists Åsa von Schoultz, Staffan Himmelroos and Isak Vento at the University of Helsinki, with funding from the Swedish Literary Society in Finland. The collected data will be available through the Finnish Social Science Data Archive in Tampere in early 2020. The information can also be obtained directly from the researchers. Data and documentation will be made also available through the GESIS Data Archive.