FSD2356 Finnish EU Attitudes 2007shortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
The survey charted Finnish public opinion on the European Union membership, foreign policy, the relationship between Finland and Russia, and the potential NATO membership.
The respondents were first asked how interested they were in matters related to the Finnish EU membership, and how well they thought they were informed about these matters. The survey also carried a number of statements relating to the EU membership and international issues, such as the EU membership fee, abolishing compulsory military service in Finland, defence policy, the relationships between Finland and the other Nordic countries, globalisation, various countries applying for EU membership, and climate policy.
Finnish foreign policy was canvassed by presenting the respondents with a list of current international issues (e.g. the relationships with Russia and the Baltic States, Nordic defence cooperation, increasing development cooperation funds, mediating international crises, preventing climate change) and asking them to what extent Finnish foreign policy should concentrate on each topic. The respondents also graded the bodies responsible for foreign policy in Finland (the President, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence, three last governments, etc.).
Some questions focused on the EU and its actions. The respondents' views were queried on changes in the EU's actions in view of Finland's influence, the strength of the Union as an economic actor in the world, and the openness/transparency of the Union. The respondents' opinions on the current questions connected to the relationship between Finland and Russia (e.g. Russian wood tariffs, other obstacles to trade, the St. Petersburg area's environmental load to the Baltic Sea) and the importance of solving them were charted. The potential effects of Finnish NATO membership on various issues, such as international influence, the share of defence expenditure in the budget, and the personal feeling of safety were also examined.
Finally, the respondents estimated the influence of globalisation on their work and gave their current opinion on the EU membership, the transition to the euro, and the EU enlargement in May 2004.
Background variables included the respondent's gender, age group, size of municipality of residence, region of residence (NUTS3), basic and vocational education, economic activity, industry of employment, occupation group, trade union membership, and which party R would vote for if the parliamentary elections were held at the time of the survey.
attitudes; defence and state security policy; European integration; European Union; foreign policy; globalization; international relations; NATO; Russia; safety and security
international politics; political studies (FSD Topics Classification)
government, political systems and organisations; international politics and organisations; mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion (CESSDA Topics Classification)
The data do not include responses to an open-ended question asking for comments.
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Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
28.11.2007 - 23.1.2008
People aged 18-70 resident in Finland (excluding the Åland Islands)
Simple random sampling
The original sample was randomly drawn from Finland's population register, and consisted of 3,000 Finnish and Swedish-speaking persons (the Åland Islands residents excluded) aged 18-70 and living in Finland. There were 1,187 respondents, and the sample is regionally and socially representative of the Finnish population.
Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
Number of cases and variables
1187 cases and 155 variables
See downloadable files at the top of the page
Questionnaire: pdf file in Finnish and Swedish
The source must be acknowledged in any publication based wholly or in part on the data. The bibliographic citation may be in the form required by the publication, or in the form suggested by the archive.
Finnish EU Attitudes 2007 [computer file]. FSD2356, version 1.0 (2008-07-07). Lempäälä: Yhdyskuntatutkimus [data collection], 2008. Helsinki: Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) [producer]. Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2008.
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The depositor and the archive bear no responsibility for any results or interpretations arising from the secondary use of the data.
Haavisto, Ilkka & Kiljunen, Pentti (2008). Kenen joukoissa seisot? EVAn Suomi, EU ja maailma -asennetutkimus 2008 [verkkodokumentti]. Helsinki: Taloustieto. EVA-raportti. Saatavissa: http://www.eva.fi/files/2166_kenen_joukoissa_seisot.pdf [viitattu 9.7.2008]
Kotiranta, Annu (2008). Kuka pelkää globalisaatiota? Suomalaisten pelot ja toiveet sekä toteutuneet vaikutukset. Helsinki: Elinkeinoelämän tutkimuslaitos. ETLA Keskusteluaiheita nro 1167.