Class structure in Sweden 1980

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Göran Ahrne - Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Research principal

Uppsala University - Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. rorId


The purpose of the survey is to describe and measure the Swedish class structure regarding mobility, political activity, attitudes and consciousness. A battery of questions addressed work-related issues such as supervision, decision-making, autonomy, respondents formal position in the hierarchy, ownership, credentials, and income. Other work-related data describe the size, industrial sector, and government or corporate linkage of the individuals employer. Further information was gathered on the class origins of the respondents family and of the families of the respondents spouse and friends. Data on class-related experiences such as unemployment and union participation were also collected, as well as data on the division of power and labour in the household. In addition the survey contained a broad range of questions on social and political attitudes and the respondents political participation. The study is part of the multinational study ´Class Structure and Class Consciousness´ (ICPSR 8413), which includes almost identificial studies from United States, Norway, Canada, and Finland.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 18-65 years

Time period(s) investigated

1980-01-01 – 1980-01-01



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1980-01-01 – 1980-01-01
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.


Ahrne, G. (1982) Report on The Swedish Class Structure. Uppsala: Department of Sociology.
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Published: 1995-08-16
Last updated: 2019-02-06