The National SOM Survey 2017

SND-ID: SND 1094

This study is part of the collection The National SOM survey

Description Data and documentation

Alternative title

Riks-SOM 2017

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 2017, 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

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute
Protection and ethical review

Ethics Review

Gothenburg - Ref. 130-15

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

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 (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies), Media Studies (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


Andersson, A., Carlander A., Lindgren A. & Oskarson M. (red) (2018). Sprickor i fasaden: Den nationella SOM-undersökningen 2017. Göteborg: SOM-institutet. ISBN: 978-91-89673-42-5

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The National SOM Survey 2017


Sample size: 20400
Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 836
Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 8752

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University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute (2019). <em>The National SOM Survey 2017</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

Time period(s) investigated


Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2017-09-07–2017-12-31
  • Data collector: Institutet för kvalitetsindikatorer - Indikator
  • Instrument: National-5 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-4 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-3 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-1 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-2 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: National-6 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Response rate/participation rate


Published: 2019-04-09
Last updated: 2019-10-18