FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on gender diversity and topics on LGBTIQ culture, social status and history.

There are also many datasets that contain individual questions and variables which are potentially useful to researchers of the subject. The data archived at the FSD can be downloaded free of charge from Aila Data Service, according to the conditions set for each dataset. Please note that below is listed only a sample of all data available at the Archive and we encourage you to search more datasets on the subject on Aila.

Questions and variables of quantitative datasets that have been fielded in English or translated at the FSD can be explored by browsing their codebooks or through Aila variable search. If a quantitative dataset has not yet been translated, you can request a translation free of charge. Qualitative data are only available in their original language. Where applicable, the codebook and other related material are freely accessible on the study description page of each dataset.

Datasets on the theme

FSD3180 LGBT Mothers' Experiences of Break-Up 2016
Interviews of seven Finnish LGBT mothers who discussed their experiences of ending a relationship. The themes of the interviews concern changes brought on by the breakup in their children's life situation and their own parenthood.

FSD3020 Life for LGBTIQA Youth in the Past and Present 2014
The data comprises texts written about what it is and was like to live one's youth in Finland as a person belonging to a sexual or gender minority or otherwise questioning sexual and gender norms.

FSD2924 Well-Being of LGBTIQ Youth 2013
The study charted the well-being of young Finnish lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transpeople, intersex and queer people.

FSD2377 Ninth-Graders' Conceptions of Sexual Minorities 2004
The study canvasses lower secondary school ninth-graders' (i.e. about 15-year-olds') attitudes towards and knowledge of sexual minorities.

FSD2796 Sexual Minorities at Work 2003
The data charts the work-related circumstances and experiences of sexual minorities in Finland. including education, work history, workplace and its atmosphere, experiences of discrimination and openness about sexual orientation.

FSD1290 Homosexual Relationships 2001
An online survey on homosexuality, conducted by a Finnish newspaper. The data consist of responses to open-ended questions about same-sex relationships. The respondents described their sexual feelings, experiences with same-sex partners, and their first crushes and sexual experiences.

FSD1243 Finnish Sex Survey 1992
A national survey on Finnish sexual life and sexual behaviour.

FSD2798 Homosexuality in Finland in the 1940s and the 1960s, Data Gathered 1994-1998
The study charted the perceptions and beliefs about same-sex relationships in Finland after the wars. The data were collected between 1994 and 1998. The questions charted topics such as meeting places of gays and lesbians and general attitudes towards sexuality.

FSD2291 Lifestyles and Life Circumstances of Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals 1982-1983
The study charted everyday experiences of people belonging to sexual minorities in Finland. Topics studied included the formation of sexual identity, sexual behaviour and experiences of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

FSD3246 Marriage and the Lutheran Church 2017
This study charted Finnish attitudes toward same-sex marriage and the right of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland to marry couples.

FSD3345 Gender Equality Barometer 2017
The survey focused on attitudes, opinions and experiences related to gender equality in different spheres of life in Finland. The main focus was on equality in working life, education and family life.

FSD2999 My Public Living Room Interviews 2014
The data contain three interviews conducted in English in Toronto as part of the research component of the public space art project.

Datasets elsewhere

People interested in finding data on LGBTIQ topics should also take a look at data available at other data archives around the world.

In Finland, the Language Bank of Finland (Opens in new tab) also provides services to researchers and archives audio and video material. Services of various European social science data archives can be accessed through the website of CESSDA (Opens in new tab) . The UK Data Service (Opens in new tab) has, among other things, a wide variety of excellent qualitative data. Another good source of data is the German GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Opens in new tab) . The extensive holdings of the American ICPSR (Opens in new tab) are also well worth searching.