The Regional Western Sweden SOM Survey 1998

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Is part of collection at SND: The Regional Western Sweden SOM survey


Alternative title

Väst-SOM 1998

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - SOM Institute rorId


Western SOM has been conducted yearly since 1992, but was initially limited to residents of Gothenburg and its surrounding municipalities. In 1998, the survey was extended to include the entire Västra Götaland County plus the municipality of Kungsbacka.

The purpose of the regional surveys is to enable SOM researchers to study attitudes and behaviour linked to local and regional issues. They emphasise public services and media, although many of the questions are identical with those used in National SOM in order to make the answers comparable both between the regions and with Sweden at large.


Study attitudes and behaviors that are linked to local and regional issues and phenomena

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 15-80 years residing in the county of Västra Götaland or Kungsbacka municipality

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random
Western SOM 1998 has been carried out as two parallel surveys. One corresponds to previous years Western SOM and includes a random sample of 2,900 people aged 15-80 years residing in Gothenburg or any of the twelve surrounding municipalities. The second part of the West covering a similar sample of people living in the parts of Västra Götaland outside the Gothenburg region.

Time period(s) investigated

1998-09 – 1999-01



Number of individuals/objects



Urvalen för de båda delundersökningarna är lika stora men det bor fler 15 till 80-åringar i göteborgsregionen än det gör i resten av undersökningsområdet (VGE). Det finns därför två viktvariabler i datafilen. De bör användas när materialet analyseras i sin helhet, det vill säga för att dra slutsatser om de boende i Västra Götaland (viktvg) eller Västsverige (viktvs). Vikterna tar endast hänsyn till skillnaderna i urvalen - inte skillnader i svarsbenägenhet. Vid analyser som endast omfattar ett av de båda formulären ska viktvariabeln inte användas.

Response rate/participation rate


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1998-09-30 – 1999-01-28
  • Data collector: SIFO-Ronneby
  • Instrument: (Semi-structured questionnaire)
  • Sample size: 5800
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Västra Götaland County, Kungsbacka Municipality

Lowest geographic unit


Highest geographic unit

County (NUTS3)

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

SOM Institute

Topic and keywords

Research area

Political behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Media studies (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Media (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Leisure, tourism and sport (CESSDA Topic Classification)


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Nilsson, Lennart (ed.) (1999) Region i omvandling : SOM-undersökningen Västsverige 1998. SOM report no 23. Göteborg: SOM Institute. ISBN: 91-973670-2-8.
Libris | SOM Institute publications
ISSN: 0284-4788
ISBN: 91-973670-2-8

Nilsson, Lennart (ed.) (2004) Svensk samhällsorganisation i förändring : Västsverige vid millennieskiftet. SOM report no. 35. Göteborg: SOM Institute. ISBN: 91-89673-05-0.
Swepub | Libris | SOM Institute publications | Till lärosätets (gu) databas
ISBN: 91-89673-05-0
ISSN: 0284-4788

Nilsson, Lennart (ed.) (2007) Det våras för regionen. Västsverige 1998-2005. SOM report no. 40. Göteborg: SOM Institute. ISBN 978-91-89673-10-6.
Swepub | Libris | SOM Institute publications | Till lärosätets (gu) databas
ISBN: 978-91-89673-10-6
ISSN: 0284-4788

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Version 1.0. 2008-04-21

Version 1.0: 2008-04-21


Is part of collection at SND

Published: 2008-04-21
Last updated: 2020-01-23