Welcome to the World Values Survey site


Welcome to the World Values Survey!

World Values Survey (WVS) is a global research project that explores people’s values and beliefs, their stability or change over time and their impact on social and political development of the societies in different countries of the world.

WVS started in 1981 as a part of the European Values Study and quickly became one of the most widely-used and authoritative cross-national and time-series surveys covering almost 100 societies (nearly 90% of the world’s population).

WVS shows pervasive changes in what people want out of life and what they believe. In order to monitor these changes, the EVS/WVS has executed six waves of surveys from 1981 to 2014. Representative national samples of each society are interviewed, using a standardized questionnaire that measures support for democracy, tolerance to foreigners and ethnic minorities, support for gender equality, the role of religion and changing levels of religiosity, the impact of globalization, attitudes toward the environment, work, family, politics, national identity, culture, diversity, insecurity, subjective well-being, and etc.

The findings are valuable for policy makers seeking to build civil society and democratic institutions in developing countries. The WVS data is also frequently used by governments around the world, scholars, students, journalists and international organizations and institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations.

WVS is currently finishing the 6th wave of survey (2010-2014). This wave covers nearly 60 countries and is the biggest wave in the history of WVS. Fieldwork for the sixth wave will end by May 1, 2014. The launch of the WVS-6 data-set will take place at the forthcoming WVS Global Conference in Doha, Qatar on April, 27-30, 2014. The 6th wave survey includes innovative batteries of items on such topics like human security, electoral integrity, and aging, as well as maintaining continuity with the series of items on social, economic, religious, and political values established since the founding wave. The 7th wave of WVS is planned for 2017.

WVS activity is coordinated by World Values Survey Association (WVSA). WVSA in a non-profit research organization.

Here you can download our data and publications, learn about the WVSA, its history, research network and forthcoming events.