How different are we? Survey results on identities, values and attitudes among the Finnish majority population and the largest ethno-linguistic minorities

How different are we? Survey results on identities, values and attitudes among the Finnish majority population and the largest ethno-linguistic minorities

Julkaistu 31.3.2020

This report summarises the results of the six research reports that were published in 2018 and 2019. The publication is divided into two main parts. Part 1 focuses on the Finnish- and Swedish-speaking Finns and the second on the biggest language minority groups living in the capital region.

In 2017, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and e2 Research (a multidisciplinary research institute) started a joint research project that aimed to study values, attitudes and identities in Finland. For the project, exceptionally comprehensive, representative survey data (N=6 938) were gathered between 5 October 2017 and 11 January 2018 through face-to-face interviews and from an internet panel (Finns between the ages of 18–79 years old living in mainland Finland).

The results were published in 2018 in four research reports. The first report focused on identities, the second on values and attitudes, the third analysed the values and attitudes of Swedish-speaking Finns, and the fourth focused on things which Finns consider sacred.

The data did not enable the analysis of foreign-based language minorities, so it was decided that further research was needed. In 2018, the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo (in the capital region of Finland) and the Ministry of Justice joined the consortium. The second project was implemented in 2018–2019. It focused on the values, attitudes and identities of the members of the biggest foreign language groups (speakers of Russian, Estonian, English, Somali, Arabic) in the capital region.

The data (face-to-face interviews in the respondents’ native language, N=1527) were gathered between 4 October 2018 and 15 March 2019. The data consisted of approximately 300 interviews from each language group.

The results were published in autumn 2019 in two reports. The first report focused mainly on the integration of the language groups and the second on their values, attitudes, identities and institutional and social trust.

The authors of this publication are Ville Pitkänen (Dr.Pol.Sci. Adjunct Professor), researcher at e2 Research, Pasi Saukkonen (Dr.Soc.Sci, Adjunct Professor), senior researcher at the City of Helsinki and Jussi Westinen (Dr.Pol.Sci), researcher at e2 Research.

Asiantuntijat

Ville Pitkänen
tutkija, dosentti, valtiotieteiden tohtori
040 7770869
Jussi Westinen
tutkija, valtiotieteiden tohtori
040-8335799