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FSD2217 Finnish Youth Survey 2006

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Advisory Council for Youth Affairs (Nuora)
Finnish Youth Research Society. Finnish Youth Research Network


The youth survey focused on Finnish young people's trust in institutions, voting behaviour, views on acceptable behaviour and on causes for social exclusion, feelings of insecurity, religious affiliation, attendance and beliefs, and opinion on the Church.

First, the respondents were asked to what extent they agreed with a number of statements relating to work, working life, and commitment to work. Trust in political parties, public officials, trade unions, the Church, the Defence Forces, the police, Parliament, municipal executive council, the European Union, the President, banks, judiciary, the Government, NATO, the media and the Internet was charted. Some questions covered the respondents' voting behaviour in the presidential elections, and opinions on Finland's EU membership.

The respondents were asked to what extent they agreed with statements relating to acceptability of vandalism, demonstrations against foreigners, downloading music from the Internet without paying, tax evasion, etc. A number of statements related to sex, e.g. is it acceptable to buy or sell sex, have sex with a same-sex partner, have an abortion, etc. Views were probed on to what extent exclusion is caused by lack of education, friends, hobbies or faith in the future, own indifference, troublesome childhood home, injustice in society, etc. The respondents were asked whether they felt insecure or uncertain regarding studies, getting a job, health and safety of family members, increase in immigrant numbers, prevailing values and attitudes, etc.

The respondents' religious affiliation and attendance were surveyed. The respondents were also asked how religious they considered themselves to be, how religious their childhood home had been, and whether family members had talked about religion, attended religious services or Sunday School, or prayed before meals in their childhood home. Further questions charted how often the respondents pray and with whom they talk about religious issues. Two questions focused on beliefs about God. Attitudes towards different religions and religious groups were surveyed. The respondents were asked whether they believe in supernatural beings, ghosts, witches, UFOs, Jesus the Son of God, Holy Spirit, angels, Satan, demons, extraterrestrials, astrology, or that God created the world like it says in the Bible, that everything is predestined, etc. Feelings of life control and general satisfaction with life were charted. Views were also probed on what happens after death, and whether the Church is capable of providing good answers to moral, spiritual or social problems and needs. The respondents were asked how important they considered certain activities and services carried out by parishes to be. Voting behaviour in church elections was investigated.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, age, household composition, vocational education, and the education, age and occupation of R's parents, R's current educational or employment situation, type of employment contract, economic activity and occupational status, region and province of residence, type of municipality.


church elections; moral behaviour; presidential elections; religious affiliation; religious attendance; religious beliefs; religious institutions; satisfaction; social exclusion; trust; voting; voting behaviour; youth

Topic Classification

elections; equality, inequality and social exclusion; religion and values; social behaviour and attitudes; youth (CESSDA Topics Classification)

social sciences

Series Name

Finnish Youth Surveys


Variables identifying the respondents' municipality of residence and postal code have been removed from the data.

The dataset is (B) available for research, teaching and study.

Data Collector

TNS Gallup Finland

Data Producer

Advisory Council for Youth Affairs
Finnish Youth Research Society. Finnish Youth Research Network

Collection Date

March 2006



Geographical Coverage


Analysis Unit



Young people aged 15-29 living in Finland

Sampling Procedure


Random sampling from the population register with quotas based on age, gender, mother tongue, and place of residence. 1,800 Finnish-speaking and 100 Swedish-speaking young people were interviewed.

Collection Mode

Telephone interview

Research Instrument

Structured questionnaire

Time Method

Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section

Number of cases and variables

1901 cases and 206 variables

Data version

2.0 (1.9.2015)

Citation Requirement

The data and its creators shall be cited in all publications and presentations for which the data have been used. The bibliographic citation may be in the form suggested by the archive or in the form required by the publication.

Bibliographical Citation

Advisory Council for Youth Affairs (Nuora) & Finnish Youth Research Society: Finnish Youth Survey 2006 [dataset]. Version 2.0 (2015-09-01). Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor].

Depositing Requirements

The user shall notify the archive of all publications where she or he has used the data.


The original data creators and the archive bear no responsibility for any results or interpretations arising from the reuse of the data.

Related Publications

Demokratiaindikaattorit 2013. Toim. Borg, Sami. Helsinki: Oikeusministeriö. Selvityksiä ja ohjeita 52/2013. URN:ISBN:978-952-259-334-4

Kestilä-Kekkonen, Elina (2009). Osallistumattomuutta ja korkeaa luottamusta: Suomalaisten nuorten aikuisten suhde puolueisiin 2000-luvulla. Politiikka 51(2), 96-106.

Lampinen, Kristiina (2013). Uuskonservatiivit? 2000-luvun suomalaisnuorten konservatiiviset ja yksilöä vastuullistavat kovat asenteet ja asennemuutos nuorisobarometrien valossa. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto. Yhteiskuntatieteiden ja filosofian laitos. Sosiologian pro gradu -tutkielma. URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201401261143

Uskon asia: nuorisobarometri 2006 (2006). Toim. Terhi-Anna Wilska. Helsinki: Opetusministeriö. Nuorisoasiain neuvottelukunta (Nuora). Nuoran julkaisuja; 34. Helsinki: Nuorisotutkimusseura. Nuorisotutkimusverkoston julkaisuja; 67.

Zhuk, Iryna L. (2013). Transformation of culture of sexual relations in Ukraine: experience of intercultural comparative analysis. Doctoral dissertation, Institute of Sociology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine (only Title in English).

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