FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on well-being and social relationships.

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.

Datasets on the theme

FSD3614 Finnish Welfare Survey 2017
The survey is a partial repeat of Erik Allardt’s internationally renowned 1972 welfare survey, which is linked below. The survey charted various dimensions of welfare in Finland: living standards, loyalties, experiences of self-realisation, alienation, happiness and dissatisfaction.

FSD1017 Scandinavian Welfare Survey 1972
The survey describes the standard of living in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark and analyses various dimensions of welfare: living standards, loyalties, experiences of self-realisation, alienation, happiness and dissatisfaction.

FSD3237 ISSP 2017: Social Networks and Social Resources III: Finnish Data
The International Social Survey 2017 study charted the social networks of Finnish people, namely family and neighbour relations and friendships. In 2017, the ISSP survey was conducted in 30 countries, which enables comprehensive comparison between countries.

FSD3360 Helsingin Sanomat Loneliness Survey 2014
This survey charted Finnish experiences of loneliness. The survey was conducted by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in 2014 (N: 27,851). Themes of the survey included, among others, the circumstances and consequences of loneliness, satisfaction with life and well-being.

Datasets elsewhere

People interested in finding data on well-being and social relationships 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.