Data on Europe and European Union
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The holdings of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive contain numerous survey series and datasets including variables on the European Union and citizens' attitudes towards it.
Finnish EU Attitudes is a research series launched by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) in 1992 probing Finnish citizens' attitudes towards integration.
Finnish Voter Barometers chart Finns' political behaviour, including attitudes towards the European Union.
ABDI Surveys are annual studies conducted by the Advisory Board for Defence Information and focusing on security and foreign policy topics, including EU issues.
The surveys listed on this page are only a small sample of all data related to Europe and the European Union archived at the FSD. It is therefore worthwhile to search the FSD's data catalogue, also by keywords. See also the search instructions.
The data archives of different countries have plenty of research data focusing on Europe. The websites of these archives can easily be accessed through the CESSDA map page.
Eurobarometers are financed by the European Commission and are carried out simultaneously in the European Union member countries. The surveys study the social and political opinions of persons living in the member countries. Eurobarometers are archived at GESIS and the data are accessible through their ZACAT Online Study Catalogue.
These small scale surveys supplement larger standard Eurobarometers. As with Eurobarometers, Flash Eurobarometers are archived at GESIS. The data are accessible through their Data Catalogue (DBK).
Eurofound, a body set up by the European Council to contribute to the planning and designing of better living and working conditions in Europe, collects three different surveys. The Eurofound surveys include: European Quality of Life Survey, collected every four years (starting from 2003); European Company Survey (ECS, formerly European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance), collected every four years (starting from 2004-2005); and European Working Conditions Survey, collected at five-year intervals since the beginning of 1990s. The surveys have been archived at the UK Data Service. To access the research data, see the instructions.
ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research), a unit within the University of Michigan, also archives research data on Europe. ICPSR data can be ordered via the FSD. See the ICPSR search page.
Eurostat provides up-to-date and extensive statistics on the EU. It is easy to begin exploring the Eurostat data through the European Statistical Data Support (ESDS) service provided by the Library of Statistics, a unit of Statistics Finland. The Library of Statistics also maintains the WebStat service, which has descriptions of about 3,300 statistics available for free in the Internet. The search can be limited to European data.
Eurostat also provides anonymised microdata for scientific purposes. Access to the data is not free and the application process can take several weeks in some cases. Eurostat publishes extensive tables summarising research results on its website.
Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)
Started in 1983, the Luxembourg Income Study is a cross-national research project which currently has 30 participating countries from four continents. The LIS project archives data on income distribution, employment, and wealth. Access to the data is free for the citizens of the participating countries, but a registration is required.
European University Institute (EUI)
Located in Florence, Italy, the European University Institute set up by the members states of the European Community provides advanced academic training to doctoral researchers. Its library offers plenty of data for comparative research. The EUI administers the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), which preserves and distributes documents produced by European institutions and pro-European movements and personalities.
EUR-Lex provides access to the European Union law.
The MISSOC database contains information on the social security of the European Union member countries. The database is located under the Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities web page of the European Commission.
International Labour Comparisons (ILC)
The International Labour Comparisons is a North American statistics website. The ILC data also covers several European Union countries.
European Commission's Research website contains plenty of information about research pertaining to Europe.
European Information Centres and European Documentation Centres (EDC) provide guidance on using EU information sources.
European Central Bank (ECB)
EurActiv is a news portal containing links related to Europe. The news items are categorised into different sections according to topic.
European Research Papers Archive ERPA is a search engine for finding publications related to the European Union and European integration from the research series of eight European research institutes.
» Network for European Studies (NES) at the University of Helsinki
» Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence on European Politics and European-Russian Relations at the University of Tampere
» Pan-European Institute at the University of Turku
» Institute of International Economic Law (KATTI) at the University of Helsinki
» Finnish Institute of International Affairs
European Centre for Analysis in the Social Sciences (ECASS) is a research centre which conducts and facilitates the empirical study of social and economic change by integrating longitudinal and cross-national European datasets.
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is a research centre focusing on two vast research areas related to the EU: economic policy and the future of Europe.
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organisation concerned with all aspects of social welfare policy and research.
Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES) is a research institute dedicated to the investigation of cultural, social, and economic living conditions in Europe. In addition, it focuses on changes in the political systems of Europe, developments in the regional system, and citizens' political behaviour. The vast EURODATA Research Archive operates under the MZES.