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The National SOM Survey 2012

SND-ID: snd0937-1. Version: 1.0. DOI:

Is part of collection at SND: The National SOM survey


Alternative title

Riks-SOM 2012

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - SOM Institute rorId


In order to identify how the evolution of society affects Swedes’ attitudes and behaviour, the SOM Institute started its National SOM study in 1986. National SOM addresses three areas – society, opinion and mass media – and consists of several parallel surveys. All surveys include a large number of questions related to politics, society, media and social background, but their areas of focus differ. In 2012, the following questionnaires are distributed: Sweden 1 focusing on politics and society; Sweden 2 focusing on media and culture; Sweden 3 focusing on life style and health; Sweden 4 focusing on economy and welfare


The main purpose is to establish time series that enable researchers to analyse how various changes in society affect people's attitudes and behaviour.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16-85 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

Probability: Systematic random
Four parallel nationally representative sub-surveys based on a sample of 3000 individuals each

Time period(s) investigated

2012 – Ongoing



Number of individuals/objects


Response rate/participation rate

Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2012-09-26 – 2013-02-21
  • Data collector: Kinnmark
  • Instrument: National-4: Economy and Welfare (Questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-1: Politics and Society (Questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-3: Life style and Health (Questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-2: Media and Culture (Questionnaire)
  • Sample size: 12000
  • Number of responses: 6298
  • Non response size: 5702
  • Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 4799
  • Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 903
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Lowest geographic unit


Highest geographic unit


Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

SOM Institute


Weibull, L., Oscarsson, H. & Bergström, A. (red.) (2013) Vägskäl : fyrtiotre kapitel om politik, medier och samhälle : SOM-undersökningen 2012. Göteborg: SOM Institute. ISBN: 978-91-89673-27-4.
Libris | Swepub | SOM Institute publications | Institutional Repository
ISBN: 9789189673274

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Version 1.0. 2014-04-22

Version 1.0: 2014-04-22


Is part of collection at SND

Published: 2014-04-22
Last updated: 2020-01-22