The National SOM Survey 2014

SND-ID: SND 0990

This study is part of the collection The National SOM survey

Description Data and documentation

Alternative title

Riks-SOM 2014

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. In 2014, the following questionnaires are distributed: Sweden 1 focusing on society and politics; Sweden 2 focusing on media and news coverage; Sweden 3 focusing on culture, 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.



Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

Responsible department/unit

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute
Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16-85 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random
Four randomised sub samples of 3400 individuals each

Time period(s) investigated


Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Lowest geographic unit


Highest geographic unit


Topic and keywords

Research area

POLITICS, SOCIETY AND CULTURE, Energy and natural resources, International politics and organisations, Political behaviour and attitudes, Social welfare policy, Cultural activities and participation, HEALTH, General health and well-being, Leisure, tourism and sport, SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SYSTEMS (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Political Science, Media Studies (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


Bergström, A., Johansson, B., Oscarsson, H. & Oskarsson, M. (eds.) (2015) Fragment : SOM-undersökningen 2014. Göteborg: SOM institute. ISBN: 978-91-89673-32-8.
Swepub Institutional Repository SOM Institute publications Libris
ISBN: 9789189673328

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The National SOM Survey 2014

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University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute (2016). <em>The National SOM Survey 2014</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href=""></a>

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Data format / data structure


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2014-09-19–2015-03-13
  • Data collector: Kinnmark
  • Instrument: Questionnaire National-2: Media and News Coverage (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Questionnaire National-1: Society and Politics (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Questionnaire National-3: Culture, Life Style and Health (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Questionnaire National-4: Economy and Welfare (Structured questionnaire)
  • Sample size: 13600
  • Number of responses: 6876
  • Non response size: 6724
  • Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 762
  • Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 5962
  • Source of the data: Population group



Number of individuals/objects


Response rate/participation rate

51% (brutto) / 54% (netto)

Published: 2016-03-31
Last updated: 2019-10-18