International Social Survey Programme

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Map of the 41 member nations of ISSP[anachronism]

The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a collaboration between different nations conducting surveys covering topics which are useful for social science research. The ISSP researchers develop questions which are meaningful and relevant to all countries which can be expressed in an equal manner in different languages. The results of the surveys provide a cross-national and cross-cultural perspective to individual national studies. Through 2015 58 countries have participated in the ISSP.


The ISSP was founded in 1984 by research organizations from four countries:

Four different Social Surveys included a common module each year:

Modules by Year[edit]

Year Module
2015 Work Orientations IV
2014 Citizenship II
2013 National Identity III
2012 Family and Changing Gender Roles IV
2011 Health and Health Care
2010 Environment III
2009 Social Inequality IV
2008 Religion III
2007 Leisure Time and Sports
2006 Role of Government IV
2005 Work Orientations III
2004 Citizenship
2003 National Identity II
2002 Family and Changing Gender Roles III
2001 Social Relations and Support Systems ('Social Networks II')
2000 Environment II
1999 Social Inequality III
1998 Religion II
1997 Work Orientations II
1996 Role of Government III
1995 National Identity I
1994 Family and Changing Gender Roles II
1993 Environment I
1992 Social Inequality II
1991 Religion I
1990 Role of Government II
1989 Work Orientations I
1988 Family and Changing Gender Roles I
1987 Social Inequality I
1986 Social Networks and Support Systems I
1985 Role of Government I

Members (1984 - 2017)[edit]

Australia Australia
Austria Austria
Belgium Belgium
Bolivia Bolivia
Brazil Brazil (former member)
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Canada Canada (former member)
Chile Chile
China China
Croatia Croatia
Cyprus Cyprus (former member)
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Denmark Denmark
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (former member)
Estonia Estonia
Finland Finland
France France
Georgia (country) Georgia
Germany Germany
Hungary Hungary
Iceland Iceland
India India
Republic of Ireland Ireland
Israel Israel
Japan Japan
Latvia Latvia
Lithuania Lithuania
Mexico Mexico
Netherlands Netherlands
New Zealand New Zealand
Norway Norway
Philippines Philippines
Poland Poland
Portugal Portugal
Romania Romania
Russia Russia
Slovakia Slovakia
Slovenia Slovenia
South Africa South Africa
South Korea South Korea
Spain Spain
Suriname Suriname
Sweden Sweden
Switzerland Switzerland
Taiwan Taiwan
Thailand Thailand
Tunisia Tunisia
Turkey Turkey
Uruguay Uruguay (former member)
United Kingdom UK
United States United States
Venezuela Venezuela



Australia Australia[edit]
Austria Austria[edit]
Belgium Belgium[edit]
  • The Administration of Planning and Statistics of the Ministry of Flanders.
  • Walloon Institute of Assessment, Forecasting and Statistics (IWEPS).
Bolivia Bolivia[edit]
Brazil Brazil[edit]
Bulgaria Bulgaria[edit]
Canada Canada[edit]
Chile Chile[edit]
China China[edit]
Croatia Croatia[edit]
Cyprus Cyprus[edit]
Czech Republic Czech Republic[edit]
Denmark Denmark[edit]
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic[edit]
Estonia Estonia[edit]
Finland Finland[edit]
France France[edit]
Germany Germany[edit]
Georgia (country) Georgia[edit]
Hungary Hungary[edit]
Iceland Iceland[edit]
Republic of Ireland Ireland[edit]
Israel Israel[edit]
Japan Japan[edit]
Latvia Latvia[edit]
Mexico Mexico[edit]
Netherlands The Netherlands[edit]
New Zealand New Zealand[edit]
Norway Norway[edit]
Philippines The Philippines[edit]
Poland Poland[edit]
Portugal Portugal[edit]
Romania Romania[edit]
Russia Russia[edit]
Slovakia Slovakia[edit]
Slovenia Slovenia[edit]
South Africa South Africa[edit]
South Korea South Korea[edit]
Spain Spain[edit]
Suriname Suriname[edit]
Sweden Sweden[edit]
Switzerland Switzerland[edit]
Taiwan Taiwan[edit]
Thailand Thailand[edit]
Turkey Turkey[edit]
Uruguay Uruguay[edit]
  • Department of Economics (deCON),
  • Faculty of Social Sciences;
  • Institute of Statistics (IEsta),
  • Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Uruguay. (former member)
United Kingdom United Kingdom[edit]
United States United States[edit]
Venezuela Venezuela[edit]
  • Laboratorio de Ciencias Sociales (LACSO).

National pride survey[edit]

A survey of 34 countries was conducted and the results were released on June 27, 2006. The survey asked respondents to rate how proud they were of their country in ten areas:

  1. political influence
  2. social security
  3. the way their democracy works
  4. economic success
  5. science and technology
  6. sports
  7. arts and literature
  8. military, history
  9. fair treatment of all groups in society.

The United States ranked first in terms of overall national pride with Venezuela coming in a close second. Ireland, South Africa, and Australia came in third, fourth, and fifth respectively. The researchers commented that patriotism is a New World concept and that former colonies and newer nations tend to rank higher on the list.

Western European, East Asian, and former socialist countries tend to rank between the middle and bottom of the list. Countries formerly part of the Soviet Union are still struggling to find their own new national identity while cultural differences in East Asia could provide a possible explanation for their low ranking in the list. Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea ranked 18th, 29th, and 31st possibly due to the common belief that it is both bad luck and poor manners to be boastful.

Venezuela has been ranking high on the list due to President Hugo Chávez challenging the United States, particularly the Bush administration and generating a new sense of national pride and an emphasis on what it means to be Venezuelan.

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