ESS-survey collects data from over 30 countries

The University of Bergen is national coordinator for The Europan Social Survey. This is a cross-national survey collecting data from over 30 countries, including data regarding the covid 19-pandemic and people's behaviour.

Illustrasjon ESS


The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe since its establishment in 2001. Every two years, face-to-face interviews are conducted with newly selected, cross-sectional samples.

The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations. 

For the 10th round of interviews in 2020-2021, the survey focused on questions regarding the covid 19-pandemic in a special pandemic-module. For the next round in 2023, the topics will include social inequalities in health. 

Each rotating module covers a single academic and/or policy concern within Europe and is primarily drafted by an external cross-national team whose proposal is chosen by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

In late january 2023, the University of Bergen celebrated 20 years of ESS and new data from Norway. The ESS data is available free of charge for non-commercial use and can be downloaded from the ESS Data Portal

Digsscore at The University of Bergen has been granted the responsibility as national coordinator of the European Social Survey (ESS). ESS in Norway is led by national coordinator Sveinung Arnesen, at the Department of Government. 

Read more about current events and news from ESS here: https://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/about/news.html