FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on local government.

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

FSD2942 Innovation System of Finnish Municipalities 2011
The study charted whether Finnish municipalities had innovation systems that supported their development and regeneration. Themes studied included development targets, barriers to development, strategy, and research and development activities.

FSD2737 Classification of Local Government Functions and Use of Records Management Plans in Finnish Municipalities 2011
The survey investigated how the classification of local government functions as well as the records management plans (digital archiving plans for records, eAMS) had been implemented in Finnish municipalities and federations of municipalities.

FSD2623 Finnish Local Government Barometer 2010: Inhabitants
The survey studied Finnish citizens' views on municipalities and municipal service provision.

Datasets elsewhere

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

In Finland, the Language Bank of Finland 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. The UK Data Service 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. The extensive holdings of the American ICPSR are also well worth searching.