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SOSU41: Social trust by reporting country and time

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This is a vision indicator selected by the Nordic Council of Ministers. It relates to the target Peace, justice and strong institutions under the area A socially sustainable Nordic region.

This indicator indicates on a ten-point scale how much trust you have in other people in general. The scale goes from 0 which means no trust to 10 which means that most people are reliable. The value of the indicator is the average of the answers of the different respondents.

Data comes from the European Social Survey (ESS). It is a is a biennial cross-national survey of attitudes and behaviour established in 2001. The ESS uses cross-sectional, probability samples which are representative of all persons aged 15 and over resident within private households in each country. Social trust is one of mant topics covered.

ESS Round 10 has taken place over a longer period than usual due to the pandemic. The first country started fieldwork in September 2020 and it is currently expected that the final countries will complete their Round 10 fieldwork by May 2022.

Two data releases are planned for Round 10: the first is planned for June 2022 and the second in November 2022.

In the table, the Nordic Region is comprised of the following countries/areas: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

For more information on Our Vision 2030 and the indicators, please see