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The Regional Western Sweden SOM Survey 2015

SND-ID: snd1019-1. Version: 1.0. DOI:

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


Alternative title

Väst-SOM 2015

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 behaviours that are linked to local and regional issues and phenomena.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16-85 years and residing in the county of Västra Götaland or Kungsbacka municipality

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random
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Time period(s) investigated

2015 – Ongoing



Number of individuals/objects


Response rate/participation rate

47% (brutto) / 50% (netto)

Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2015-09-25 – 2016-03-03
  • Data collector: Kinnmark
  • Sample size: 6000
  • Number of responses: 2830
  • Non response size: 3170
  • Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 391
  • Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 2779
  • 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


Bergström, A. & Harring, N. (eds) (2016) Hållbarhetens horisont : samhälle, opinion och medier i Västsverige. Göteborg: SOM Institute. ISBN: 978-91-89673-37-7
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Version 1.0. 2017-07-12

Version 1.0: 2017-07-12


Is part of collection at SND

Published: 2017-07-12
Last updated: 2019-02-05