Swedes' outlook on life, religion and the bible 1984/1985

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Thorleif Pettersson - Religionssociologiska institutet

Jörgen Straarup - Religionssociologiska institutet


In September 1981 a new Swedish translation of the New Testament was published. The main purpose of this survey is to show the possession and use of the Bible among the Swedish population. Respondents were asked about their interest in issues concerning religion and outlook of life, if they believe in God and about their relation toward the Christian faith, how often they attend church and how often they pray. The major part of the questions addressed people who used to read the Bible. They were asked how and why they read the Bible and which Bible translation they use. Furthermore they were asked about their opinion on the new translation of the New Testament.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


1) The Swedish population aged 16-74 years. 2) The Swedish population aged 65-99 years.

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Time period(s) investigated

1984-04-23 – 1984-05-23

1984-11-21 – 1984-12-04

1985-01-23 – 1985-03-12



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection

Data collection 1

  • Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1984-11-21 – 1984-12-04
  • Source of the data: Population group

Data collection 2

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1985-01-23 – 1985-03-12
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information


  • Funding agency: Swedish Bible Society
Topic and keywords

Research area

Religious studies (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Religion and values (CESSDA Topic Classification)


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Pettersson, T. (1986) Svenska folket och Bibeln. Religion och Samhälle 1986:8. Stockholm: Institute of Religion Sociology.

Straarup, J. (1987) Bibelläsarna och Bibeln. Religion och Samhälle 1987:5. Stockholm: Institute of Religion Sociology.
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ISBN: 9789197037389

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Published: 1999-01-07
Last updated: 2019-12-10