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This web page provides information on youth data archived at the FSD. Both individual datasets and survey series relevant for youth research are listed. The presented data cover topics such as information society, consumption, influencing, health, sports, criminality, working life, and European integration – all from the youth perspective.
All quantitative datasets archived at the FSD have study descriptions in English. More detailed information on the variables of each dataset can be found in the codebooks attached to each survey. However, there are codebooks in English only for those datasets which have already been translated into English. More datasets are translated on request.
The data archived at the FSD are freely available for research and teaching purposes. More information on how to order data. There is a list of links to other information sources related to youth research at the bottom of the page.
Finnish Youth Surveys
The Finnish Youth Surveys have been commissioned by the Advisory Council for Youth Affairs (NUORA). The data in the series explore the development in the attitudes and expectations of young people aged between 15 and 29. The surveys have been conducted in regular intervals and they contain both current and recurrent questions. The topics include, among others, attitudes on education, work, social security, consumption, drugs, influencing decision-making, and citizen participation. Surveys from 2001 onwards have been archived at the FSD.
» Archived data in the series
FSD2609 Youth Barometer of Eastern Finland 2010
studied youth attitudes in Eastern Finland towards working life, employment, social security, living environment and internationalism.
FSD2041 Youth Consumer Cultures in Information Society 2001
The survey charted youth (16-20 years old) attitudes towards consumption, communication technology in information society, and the environmental consequences of consumption. The respondents were also asked about their income and spending habits.
The gambling habits of Finnish young people and the functioning of age limit control in Finnish gambling venues were investigated in the following surveys:
» FSD2251 Youth Gambling Survey 2006
» FSD2252 Youth Gambling Survey 2006 : Test Shopping
» FSD2253 Youth Gambling Survey 2006 : Age Limit Enforcement
FSD2217 Finnish Youth Survey 2006
The survey charted for instance young people's trust in the press, television, and the Internet. They also give their opinions on the acceptability of downloading music from the Internet without paying.
FSD2049 Young People and Local Democracy 2004 : Active Participants
The study queried influencing through various media.
FSD2041 Youth Consumer Cultures in Information Society 2001
The data studied for instance young people's relationship with television and the Internet.
FSD1115 Student Barometer 1997
One of the themes in the data is the students' Internet and media use.
The Advisory Council for Youth Affairs (NUORA) studied the voting behaviour of young people aged between 18 and 30 in the 1996 municipal and European parliament elections, the 1999 parliamentary and European parliament elections, the 2000 presidential elections, and the 2003 parliamentary elections in Finland. The respondents were asked whether they had voted in the elections mentioned above. Opinions on politics in general, the European Union, factors that had affected the voting decision, and the forms of social and political participation were also investigated.
» FSD2261 Youth and Parliamentary Elections 2007
» FSD1247 Youth and Parliamentary Elections 2003
» FSD1048 Young People and Presidential Elections 2000
» FSD1027 Youth and Parliamentary Elections 1999
» FSD1028 Young People and European Parliament Elections 1999
» FSD2017 Young People's Political Participation and Social Exclusion 1996
In the following surveys, young people's attitudes towards democracy, politics, municipal politics, party politics, municipal services and topical political questions were charted.
» FSD2520 Finnish Democracy Barometer January 2010: IRC-Galleria
» FSD2048 Young People and Local Democracy 2004
» FSD2049 Young People and Local Democracy 2004 : Active Participants
» FSD2047 Politics and Young People 1999
FSD2760 International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) in Finland 2009: Students
The study on young people's civic competencies, participation and attitudes was conducted in Finnish schools in 2009 as part of a larger ICCS 2009 study. It investigated the civic skills and knowledge of young people as well as their disposition to active citizenship.
FSD2638 Experiences of Participation in the Youth Arts Programme "Myrsky" 2008-2010
The survey collected information from young people attending art-related projects organised all over Finland during 2008-2010. The projects were part of the nationwide youth arts programme "Myrsky" (Storm) financed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, targeted at young people aged 13-17.
FSD2428 Youth Leisure Survey 2009
The survey focused on the leisure time habits of 10-29-year-olds charting, for instance, participation in and involvement with clubs or other voluntary organisations and the extent to which the respondents could influence the actitivies of these organisations or their leisure time in general.
FSD1224 Young People, Voluntary Organisations and Globalisation 2001
The study examined the attitudes that young people aged between 10 and 29 have towards voluntary and civic organisations. The respondents were also asked to give their opinions on globalisation, civil disobedience, free trade, demonstrations, world trade, and the various forms of social participation.
FSD2298 IEA Civic Education Study 1999 : Finland
The survey charted the knowledge and attitudes of eighth- and ninth-graders in the field of history and civics, and it was conducted as part of the IEA's (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement) international Civic Education Study. The study was conducted in altogether 28 countries.
Experiences of foreign students on studying in Finland, reasons for moving to Finland, integration in the community, and future plans:
» FSD2474 Degree Programmes in English in Finnish Universities of Applied Science 2009
» FSD2100 Survey of Foreign Students in Five Finnish Universities 2005
» FSD1269 Foreign Students in Finland's Higher Education Institutions 2002
FSD2681 Eurostudent IV: Finland 2010
The survey investigated the socio-economic background and living conditions of students, study progress, international mobility and expectations and plans for the future.
FSD2613 Student Perspective on Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences 2010
The survey investigated student opinion on study conditions in universities of applied sciences (polytechnics) in Finland.
FSD2626 Employment Survey of Tampere University Graduates 2009
The survey charted the employment situation and job placement of persons who had graduated from the University of Tampere in 2009.
FSD1117 Euro Student Report 2000
The survey is the Finnish contribution to the international Euro Student Report survey. Topics in the survey covered the students' housing, studies, economic situation, employment and the socio-economic position of the students' parents.
FSD1223 Students at the University of Turku 1999-2001
The composite data include questionnaire surveys conducted in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The participating students had started their studies in 1998. The surveys contain both one-off questions and annually repeated questions. In each survey respondents evaluated their study strategies and the quality and nature of teaching in their course/major subject/department.
FSD2089 Finnish Local Government Barometer 2001 : Young People
The respondents in the Finnish Local Government Barometer series have generally been local inhabitants, municipal managers and the chairpersons of municipal boards. In the 2001 barometers young people and the local inhabitants were presented with the same set of questions. The survey charted young people's views on Finnish municipalities as employers.
FSD1217 Gender, Education and Career Choice : Data 1983-1991 and
FSD1218 Gender, Education and Career Choice : Follow-up Study 1994
The surveys are part of a research project funded by the Ministry of Labour of Finland, and they focused on young adults' education and career plans, and their passage from education to employment. In the 1994 follow-up survey, the respondents answered questions about their post-comprehensive school education, vocational education, work history, family history, and specified their activities in six-month periods during 1990-1994 (e.g. studying, working, unemployed, in military service, on maternity leave, retired).
The student health surveys conducted by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) chart the university students' health, health-related behaviour, use of health services, attitudes to health issues and interpersonal relations.
» FSD2608 University Student Health Survey 2008
» FSD2326 University Student Health Survey 2004
» FSD2098 Turku Polytechnic Student Health Survey 2000
» FSD2051 University Student Health Survey 2000
» FSD1292 Health and Lifestyle Survey of University Students 1993-1998
The sport surveys investigated how often children and young people aged between 3 and 18 exercise and in what sports they participate. The respondents' attitudes towards sport organisations and clubs in Finland were also charted.
» FSD1285 Sport Survey 2001-2002 : Young People and Children
» FSD2234 Sport Survey 2005-2006 : Young People and Children
FSD2535 Neighbourhood Sports Facilities 2005: Children and Youth Survey was part of a multifaceted evaluation of neighbourhood sports facilities carried out by Young Finland Association and charted physical activities taken at school break times and physical exercise taken during leisure time.
Juvenile Delinquency surveys
The Juvenile Delinquency Surveys are conducted by the National Research Institute of Legal Policy, and are part of a project investigating criminal and prohibited activity among youth in the long term. The participants have been ninth graders of comprehensive school from all over Finland. The pupils have responded anonymously to questions regarding their own criminal and prohibited activity.
» Archived data in the series
The surveys listed on this page are only a small sample of all data related to youth archived at the FSD. It is therefore worthwhile to search the FSD's data catalogue, also by keywords. See also the search instructions.
» CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives) portal, a gateway to many kinds of surveys at data archives throughout Europe.
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. Some years Eurobarometers have especially focused on youth attitudes with extra samples of the 15-24-year-old population. Eurobarometers are archived at GESIS and the data are accessible through their ZACAT Online Study Catalogue.
Below are listed a few of the many websites related to youth research. The link lists on these pages lead to information sources related to the topic.
» Finnish Youth Research Society
» National Institute for Health and Welfare
» Statistics Finland
» Family Research Centre of the University of Jyväskylä
» Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS)
» Danish Centre for Youth Research (CeFU)
» International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth & Media at Nordicom, Göteborg University, Sweden
» Journal of Youth Studies
» Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research
» European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA)
» European Commission - Youth
» Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA)
» German Youth Institute (DJI)
» Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs