The Danish Value Survey, 2008

Principal Investigator

Peter Gundelach, Sociologisk Institut, Københavns Universitet


Codebook: Variables, universes, concepts, survey design and frequency distribution



See abstract


The Danish Value Survey is the Danish contribution to a cross-national, comparative survey: The European Values Survey (EVS) which has been carried out in a number of European countries since 1981. The questionnaires have been standardised. The study provides insights into values and opinions of citizens all over Europe.

This is the fourth survey. In 1981 the first survey were carried out in 26 countries including Denmark (DDA-00829). The second survey conducted in 1990 included 40 countries (DDA-01523). The third study was conducted in 1999 (DDA- 05837). That makes this data material very extensive.

The value surveys examine a number of values but are primarily focused on:

General morality.

This makes it possible to formulate hypotheses focused on a single subject as well as on general value systems.


Abortion, euthanasia, Sense of responsibility, Work, Fraud, Occupational conditions, The squatting of properties, Boycott, Prayer, Children, Dane, Democracy, Demonstration, Death penalty, EU, Membership of labour union, Family, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, General election, Association activities, Leisure time, Genetically modified foods, Geographical attachment, God, Health, Heaven and hell, Attitude towards immigrants, Homosexuality, Interest in politics, Church attendance, Artificial insemination, Living conditions, Equality, Life after death, Lie, Contributory influence, Meditation, Member of the national church, Trust in your fellow citizens, Environment, Neighbour, Upbringing, Party preferences, Personal happiness, Political position, Political system, Prostitution, Reincarnation, Religion, Religious ceremony, Religious affiliation, Society, Sexual relationships, Suicide, Tax evasion, Divorce, Social offer, Moonlighting, Drink-driving, Citizenship, Strike action, Terrorism, Life satisfaction, Trust in public institutions, Belief in sin, Religious community, Petition, Infidelity, Friends, Scientific research, Marriage


Labour and employment: Employment, Social stratification and groupings: Family life and marriage (including household composition and generations), Politics: International politics and organisations, Politics: Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion, Society and culture: Religion and values, Society and culture: Social behaviour and attitudes, Society and culture: Social conditions and indicators


Age limits,

Geographic Coverage


Data set

Order data

Variables: 448
Analysis unit: Individuals


In data set: 1507
Original sample: NA


Kind of data: Survey data

Time dimension: Cross-sectional (one time) study - partial replication,

Sampling procedure: Simple random sample

Action to minimize loos: NA

Data collection

Mode of collection: Other

Test type: Structured questionnaire

Number of questions: 446

Data Collector: NA

Temporal coverage

Start: 2008-04-01
End: 2008-09-30


Peter Gundelach, The Danish Value Survey, 2008, Dansk Data Arkiv Danish Data Archive, 2009. 1 data file: DDA-21432, version: 1.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-21432

Persistent identifier:

DOI: 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-21432

Archive information

Received: 2009-04-17


Study state: The Danish Data Archive has fully documented and preserved the data in a long-term preservation format.
Access conditions: Free access


DDI-L-3.1 XML Study metadata

Latest version: 1.0.0

Other metadata formats

DDA XML Study description


Primary publications

  • Peter Gundelach m. fl., Små og store forandringer. Danskernes værdier siden 1981, Hans Reitzels Forlag, 319, 2011