International social survey programme (ISSP)

The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. Since 1983 it brings together pre-existing social science projects and co-ordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies. The first ISSP survey was administered in 1985/86 in six countries. At present, the ISSP has about 40 member countries all over the world. The GESIS ISSP web pages provide background and detailed information on this series and individual annual modules. The integration over the participating countries and central parts of the documentation of the ISSP surveys are carried out at GESIS, which is the official ISSP archive. 

Data creator

International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

Köln: Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung an der Universitätzu Köln
Geographic coverage

International: Australia; Austria; Bulgaria; Canada; Chile; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Great Britain; Hungary; Ireland (Republic); Israel; Japan; Latvia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Russia; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan, Uruguay; United States; Venezuela

Time period

Sampling procedures differ for the individual countries: partly simple, partly multi-stage stratified random samples of respondents 18 years old and older. See documentation for methods used in different countries


Research School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University; Datacol, Canberra, Australia; Institute for Empirical Social Research (IFES), Vienna, Austria; Car, Cyprus college, Zypern; Public Opinion Research Center, Poland; VCIOM, Moskow, Russia; Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research Centre (CJMMK), Ljubljana, Slovenia; INTERCAMPO, Spain; SIFO, Sweden; National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago, USA

Date of collection
1985 to 2016
Mode of data collecton

Mode of interview differs for the individual countries: partly face-to-face interview: PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interview), partly CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview), partly fixed form self-administered questionnaire: Paper (SAQ), and partly Interactive self-administered questionnaire: CASI (Computer Assisted Self-Interview). (Only in Denmark: If non-response then telephone interviews: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview) were used).

Unit of observation

Map & Data Library holds some years/modules on CD-ROM as well. 

Access status
CD number
1201 (1985-1992)
1157 (1999, national identity II)
1156 (1999, social inequalities III)
1205 (1985-2000, excluding 1997, 1999)
1055 (2001, social networks II)
1054 (1985-2002, excluding 1997, 1999, 2001)