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Eurobarometer 54LAN: Special Survey on Languages, December 2000 (ICPSR 3210)

Principal Investigator(s): Hartung, Harald, European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys, which diverged from the standard Eurobarometer topics, queried respondents on foreign languages. Respondents were asked what languages they spoke and on what level, how they learned or improved in those languages, and how often and for what reasons they used foreign languages. The survey also collected information on motivations for learning other languages, reasons discouraging the learning of other languages, methods of learning foreign languages and their effectiveness, and the availability of language courses in respondents' living areas. Those polled were also asked whether knowing foreign languages was useful, what languages were the most useful to know, where they would look for information about opportunities to learn languages, and whether they preferred to watch foreign movies/programs with subtitles rather than with dubbing. Additional questions sought respondents' opinions on the necessity to speak European Union (EU) languages, reasons why children should learn other European languages at school, and the influence of the EU enlargement on communication among the EU member countries. Standard demographic information collected includes age, gender, occupation, age at completion of education, and size of locality.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Hartung, Harald. Eurobarometer 54LAN: Special Survey on Languages, December 2000. ICPSR03210-v2. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2010-05-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03210.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03210.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    acculturation, attitudes, bilingual education, bilingualism, European unification, European Union, foreign languages, language study, political influence, public opinion, quality of life, social change, social integration

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Time Period:   

  • 2000-12-06--2000-12-23

Date of Collection:   

  • 2000-12-06--2000-12-23

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by the European Opinion Research Group - EEIG on request of the European Commission.

The codebook and setup files for this collection contains characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.

The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Norway.

"Technical Specifications" for this collection were not provided by the data producer. Please refer to the "Processing Notes" section of the ICPSR codebook for the number of interviews and fieldwork dates for each country surveyed.

No data are made available for P7_FRA (NUTS II/REGION I) for France.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Weight:    Please review the "Weighting Information" section of the ICPSR codebook for this Eurobarometer study.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-10-01

Version History:

  • 2010-05-05 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SPSS setup file and the codebook have been updated. Also, SAS and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited ASCII data file, and a data collection instrument have been added.



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