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The surveys of the SOM Institute

Every year since 1986, thousands of Swedes have responded to SOM surveys on issues ranging from politics and media to lifestyle, health and leisure habits.

The main purpose of the surveys is to establish time series that enable researchers to analyse how various changes in society affect people's attitudes and behaviour. This explains why many of the survey questions are formulated similarly year after year.

By systematically following how people's opinions and behaviour change over time, the SOM Institute can complement the results with questions aimed to identify the reasons behind observed trends. The Institute's core surveys include:

  • National SOM. Nationwide and our most extensive survey. Unique in the sense that is has been conducted every year since 1986.
  • Western SOM. A survey in Västra Götland county, with 6 000 randomly selected respondents living in the county. Has been conducted yearly since 1998.
  • Southern SOM. Started in 2001 and focuses on Skåne County.

In addition to these surveys, there are surveys of a more specialised nature, such as Young SOM, Community SOM, e-SOM, Short SOM and Class SOM.

The SOM Institute

The SOM Institute
Box 710
S-405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Seminariegatan 1B
413 13 Gothenburg

46 (0)31 786 3300

46 (0)31 786 4780


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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-11