About EVS


The European Values Study is a large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens all over Europe. It is a unique research project on how Europeans think about life, family, work, religion, politics and society.

The European Values Study started in 1981, when a thousand citizens in the European Member States of that time were interviewed using standardized questionnaires. Every nine years, the survey is repeated in a variable number of countries. The fourth wave in 2008 covers no less than 47 European countries/regions, from Iceland to Georgia and from Portugal to Norway. In total, about 70,000 people in Europe are interviewed.

The data of the European Values Study are available free of charge. A rich academic literature has been created around the original and consecutive surveys and numerous other works have made use of the findings: more than 1600 publications are listed in the EVS Bibliography.

In-depth analyses of the 1981, 1990, 1999, and  2008 findings with regard to Western and Central Europe reinforced the impression that a profound transformation of modern culture is taking place, although not at the same speed in all countries. Cultural and social changes appear dependent upon the stage of socio-economic development and historical factors specific to a given nation. The new 2017 wave will provide further insights in this matter, also allowing analyses of the impact of the economic crises on the Europeans' values.



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