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International collaborations

The SOM Institute participates in several different kinds of international collaborations. This includes comparative country studies aimed to explore both historical and current development in one or several regions.

As the Soviet Union left the Baltic states in the early 1990s, the SOM Institute conducted three annual surveys from 1991 to 1993 in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania together with the Estonian public opinion institute Emor. The project was eventually extended to include Uruguay, a country that had recently moved from autocracy to democracy, and became part of a larger study of people’s faith in institutions in young democracies. The survey questions used in this project were to some degree the same as those used in the parallel National SOM surveys and in a Finnish survey conducted around the same time. The results are presented in a book titled Det gamla riket (The Former Nation).

A collaboration project with Poland included questions on how Swedes view Poland and how Polacks view Sweden. The results are presented in a book titled Land, du välsignade? (The Blessed Nation?).

Since 2009, the SOM Institute is part of an exciting project that includes Sweden, Denmark and Portugal. The task is to find out whether, and if so how, happiness and life satisfaction can be measured. Methodologically, the aim is to investigate how differences in survey response scales and wording of questions affect survey responses in different countries.

It should also be mentioned that the SOM Institute collaborates with the Eurobarometer, and the SOM Institute served as co-host of the third international Eurobarometer conference, in which public opinion researchers from all continents participated.

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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