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World Values Survey

The World Values Survey (WVS) is a global network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social and political life. The survey, which started in 1981, seeks to use the most rigorous, high-quality research designs in each country. The WVS consists of nationally representative surveys conducted in almost 100 countries which contain almost 90 percent of the world’s population, using a common questionnaire. The WVS is the largest non-commercial, cross-national, time series investigation of human beliefs and values ever executed, currently including interviews with almost 400,000 respondents. 

Data creator: 

World Values Survey Association

Date of creation: 
1981 to 2016
Data type: 
Time period: 

Representative national samples

Date of collection: 
1981 to 2014
Mode of data collecton: 

Face-to-face interviews

Entire population 18 years and older
Unit of observation: 
Subsequent waves planned every 5 years
Access status: 
Access conditions and restrictions: 

Public use