FSD2330 ISSP 2007: Leisure Time and Sports: Finnish Data

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  • International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
  • Blom, Raimo (University of Tampere. Department of Sociology and Social Psychology)
  • Melin, Harri (University of Turku. Department of Sociology)
  • Tanskanen, Eero (Statistics Finland. Interview and Survey Services)


associations, cultural activities, exercise (physical activity), health, hobbies, holiday leave, holidays, indoor games, leisure time, leisure time activities, physical activities, sport, sport spectatorship, sports participation

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The survey charted Finnish leisure time activities and hobbies. The respondents were asked to tell what they did in their free time and how often, how much enjoyment they received from their free time activities, and how much they were able to enjoy their leisure time. They were also asked whether they preferred to be with other people or by themselves in their free time, and which areas of life they would like to spend more/less time on.

With regard to holidays, the respondents were asked to indicate how many nights they had stayed away from home for holidays or social visits in the last 12 months. They were also asked how many days of leave from work they had taken altogether in the previous 12 months.

In view of sport/game activities, the respondents were asked what sport or physical activity they took part in most frequently, what type of game they played most frequently, and how important various reasons were for them to take part in sports or games. They were also asked what sport they watched on TV most frequently and second most frequently, and how proud they were when Finland did well at an international sports or games competition. The respondents were presented with a set of attitudinal statements, and they were asked to indicate to what extent various conditions (e.g. lack of facilities nearby, lack of money, lack of time) prevented the respondents from doing the free time activities they wanted to do. Participation in the activities of various associations or groups was also queried.

The respondents were asked how often they did physical exercise causing at least slight sweating and shortness of breath for at least half an hour at a time. They were also asked how many minutes of walking or cycling they built into their daily routines on average.

Questions 26 and 27 charting the amount of physical exercise were Finnish country-specific questions. Further questions probed the respondents' happiness and health. They were also asked whether the preceding day had been a weekday/working-day or a day off/holiday, and at what time they had got up and went to sleep.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, year of birth, household size, education, employment status, occupation, industry of employment, regular weekly working hours, employment type, managerial position, employer type, trade union membership, voting behaviour, religiosity, monthly income, subjective social class, and type of location.

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