Religion, Religiosity and Church
FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on religion, religiosity and churches.
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 Data Archive and we encourage you to use keyword search more datasets on the subject on Aila. In addition, datasets suitable for research on the theme may be found from other European data archives by using CESSDA Data Catalogue (Opens in new tab).
Questions and variables of quantitative datasets that have been fielded in English or translated at the FSD can be explored by browsing 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, all related materials are freely accessible on the study description page of each dataset.
Recent Data Releases
- Qualitative study: Church Resignation Forms Filed in Finland: Reasons for Resigning 2022
- Qualitative study: Future of Youth Work 2030: Group Interviews 2020
- Quantitative study: Changing Nature of Being an Expatriate Finn Survey 2020
- Quantitative study: Role of Science in Finnish Worldviews and Everyday Thinking 2019-2020
- Qualitative study: Interviews on Nonreligion with Young Adults in the Capital Region 2018
- Qualitative study: Church Resignation Forms Filed in Finland: Reasons for Resigning 2021
- Quantitative study: Mental Resilience of Finnish People II 2020
- Quantitative study: Mental Resilience of Finnish People I 2020
- Quantitative study: Baptism and Godparenting 2018
- Quantitative study: Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis in Finnish Parishes 2020
- More data on Aila Data Service
- Quantitative study
- Qualitative study
Datasets on the theme
FSD3509 Mental Resilience of Finnish People II 2020
The survey charted the concerns and feelings of security and safety of people living in Finland during the coronavirus crisis. Questions examined, among other topics, the respondents' views on the role of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland in supporting people during the crisis.
FSD3331 ISSP 2018: Religion IV: Finnish Data
The 2018 International Social Survey Programme study charted Finnish values, moral views and religiosity. FSD holdings also contain the 2008 ISSP survey on religion.
FSD3248 Finnish Views on Lutheranism 2017
This study charted Finnish views on Lutheranism.
FSD3211 Gallup Ecclesiastica 2015
The survey studied the religiosity and church membership in Finland as well as people's participation in parish activities. Questions about faith, spiritual matters, and religious communities were asked.
FSD2829 Spiritual Well-Being of Church Workers 2012
The study investigated the spiritual well-being of persons working for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and what kind of support they had received for maintaining it.
Data in these series also include questions on the theme.
People interested in finding data on religion, religiosity and churches 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. Research data produced in Finland may also be searched via the Fairdata.fi Etsin (Opens in new tab) . 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.