FSD2308 Homosexuality in Finland in the 1940s and the 1960s: Partial Data, Gathered 1994-1998

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  • Juvonen, Tuula (University of Tampere. Department of Social Policy and Social Work)


homosexuality, minority groups, partnerships (personal), same-sex relationships, sexual identity, sexual orientation, social history, tolerance


The study charted the perceptions and beliefs about same-sex relationships in Finland after the wars. The data were collected between 1994 and 1998, and this partial dataset consists of 11 interviews, conducted mainly in Tampere. The total length of the partial data is 223 pages. Only one of the respondents had been in a same-sex relationship; the others were outside observers. The respondents were born in the 1910-1950s. The interviews explore the status and living conditions of sexual minorities in Finland in the 1940-1960s. he questions charted topics such as meeting places of gays and lesbians, general attitudes towards sexuality, attitudes towards famous gays and lesbians, and whether there were any chances for members of sexual minorities to build a relationship. Further questions probed the respondents' views on living in Tampere, homosexuality in the media, and criminalised homosexuality. The 660-page full dataset (FSD2291) is also available for research purposes.

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