The National SOM Survey 2016

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Is part of collection at SND: The National SOM survey


Alternative title

Riks-SOM 2016

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - SOM Institute rorId


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 2016, 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.


Method and outcome

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

2016 – Ongoing



Number of individuals/objects


Response rate/participation rate


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2016-09-28 – 2017-01-31
  • Data collector: Kinnmark
  • Instrument: Riks-1 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Riks-6 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Riks-4 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Riks-5 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Riks-3 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Riks-2 (Structured questionnaire)
  • Sample size: 20400
  • Number of responses: 9828
  • Non response size: 10572
  • Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 1033
  • Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 9539
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Lowest geographic unit


Highest geographic unit


Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

SOM Institute

Topic and keywords

Research area

Politics (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Society and culture (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Energy and natural resources (CESSDA Topic Classification)

International politics and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social welfare policy (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Cultural activities and participation (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)

Health (CESSDA Topic Classification)

General health and well-being (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Leisure, tourism and sport (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social welfare policy and systems (CESSDA Topic Classification)


SOM-institutet (2017). Larmar och gör sig till: SOM-undersökningen 2016. Göteborg: SOM-institutet.
ISBN: 978-91-89673-39-7

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Version 1.0. 2018-04-16

Version 1.0: 2018-04-16



Is part of collection at SND

Published: 2018-04-16
Last updated: 2019-10-18