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The coronavirus SOM-survey 2020

SND-ID: 2020-72

This study is part of the collection SOM - Special studies

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM-institute


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.

When the coronavirus hit Sweden during 2020 it became urgent with an extraordinary survey to map what the swedish public opinion looked like during this period. The survey mainly focuses on opinion relating to how the virus was handled, worry for the virus itself and general thoughts regarding it. However, the survey also contains classic questions relating to politics, society, media and habits.



Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

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Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Ethics Review

Gothenburg - Ref. 130-15

Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16-85 years who are residing in Sweden

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Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random

Time period(s) investigated

2020-04-17 – 2020-06-28

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Geographic location: Sweden

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The coronavirus SOM-survey 2020

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University of Gothenburg, SOM-institute (2021). The coronavirus SOM-survey 2020. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM-institute

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2020-04-17–2020-06-17
  • Data collector: Institutet för kvalitetsindikatorer - Indikator
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Published: 2021-10-26