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The National SOM Survey 2016

SND-ID: SND 1043

This study is part of the collection The National SOM survey

Alternative title

Riks-SOM 2016

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 2016, six different questionnaires were distributed.


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

SOM Institute

Protection and ethical review
Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16-85 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

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

Time period(s) investigated


Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

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Highest geographic unit


Topic and keywords

Research area

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


SOM-institutet (2017). Larmar och gör sig till: SOM-undersökningen 2016. Göteborg: SOM-institutet.
ISBN: 978-91-89673-39-7

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The National SOM Survey 2016

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University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute (2018). The National SOM Survey 2016. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0.

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Data format / data structure


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Time period(s) investigated


Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2016-09-28–2017-01-31
  • Data collector: Kinnmark
  • Instrument: Structured questionnaire
  • Instrument: Structured questionnaire
  • Instrument: Structured questionnaire
  • Instrument: Structured questionnaire
  • Instrument: Structured questionnaire
  • Instrument: Structured questionnaire
  • Sample size: 20400
  • Number of responses: 9828
  • Non response size: 10572
  • Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 9539
  • Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 1033
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Response rate/participation rate



Published: 2018-04-24
Last updated: 2019-10-18