Swedish taxes 1981

SND-ID: SND 0491

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Axel Hadenius - Uppsala University, Department of Government


The aim of this survey was to shed light on the Swedish people´s attitudes towards their taxes. To be able to make a special study of self-employed, particularly in questions concerning tax evasion, this group was over-represented in the sample. The study was carried out as a face to face interview where the interviewer, after concluding the interview, left a supplementary questionnaire to be filled in and returned by the respondent.

The interview contained questions on attitude toward the annual obligation to file a tax return, interest in taxation matters, discussions concerning tax regulations, opinion of the general level of taxes, and the use of tax money. The respondent had to state for what purpose the amount of tax money should be increased, kept unchanged, and reduced respectively. For a number of opinions on Swedish taxation policy the respondents had to state if they agreed or not. The respondents also had to state the kind of tax system preferred; taxes to decrease and increase respectively; attitudes toward campaigns for lowering the taxes; and if there ought to be a referendum o

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Uppsala University

Responsible department/unit

Department of Government

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 17-75 years

Time Method

Time period(s) investigated

1981-11-01 – 1982-03-01

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Topic and keywords

Research area

Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue, Crime and law enforcement, Social welfare systems/structures, Social behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


Hadenius, A. (1986) A crisis of the welfare state? : opinions about taxes and public expenditure in Sweden. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International.
ISBN: 9122008217

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Swedish taxes 1981

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Axel Hadenius. Uppsala University (1995). Swedish taxes 1981. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002437

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Axel Hadenius - Uppsala University, Department of Government

Data collection

  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1981-11-01–1982-03-01
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Published: 1995-01-01
Last updated: 2019-02-06