Leisure Survey

Description of the data collection

The Leisure Survey is an inquiry that examines the population's leisure activities and social participation, their development and participation of different population groups. The survey also produces information on the ratio between work and leisure, social relationships and importance attached to different spheres of life. The Leisure Survey has been conducted in 1977, 1981, 1991 and 2002.
The data for the leisure survey are collected with a self-filled web and paper questionnaire and face-to-face interviews from September 2017 to January 2018.

From whom are data collected?

The survey includes 15,000 people aged ten or over of the population living in Finland drawn by random sampling. The data have been drawn from Statistics Finland's database on the population of Finland.
Provision of data for the Leisure Survey is voluntary. However, it is of key importance to reply to the survey so as to provide as reliable a picture as possible of changes in everyday life of the population.

What are the data used for?

The Leisure Survey provides impartial information on how people perceive their everyday life and how they spend their free time. This information is needed as a basis for decision-making and social debate. The information is used by researchers, the media, decision-makers, enterprises and corporations, as well as individual citizens.
The data from this data collection are also used for evaluating the suitability of web and paper questionnaires as data collection tools for the Leisure Survey and for developing the content of the questionnaire.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. The data are handled so that the answers of individual respondents cannot be identified.


The data collection has previously been carried out asface-to-face interviews. In 2017, the survey is for the first time carried out as a mixed-mode data collection: Persons aged 15 to 74 respond either with a web form or a mail inquiry, face-to-face interviews are organised for those aged 10 to 14 and over 75.

How often are data collected?

Other regular