Religious Affiliation in Western Germany 1939-1987

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Wolf, Christof (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsinstitut fuer Soziologie, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    West German population. Topics: The data come from the censuses of 1939 to 1987. The data set contains two levels of aggregation: information on distribution of religious affiliation for the Federal Republic (West) altogether and information on distribution of religious affiliation in the 11 (old) states. Besides the specific classifications of religious affiliation for every census the data set contains a common classification for all points in time.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1939 / 1987
Geographic Coverage
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
  • Germany (DE)
Sampling Procedure Comment: Census
Collection Mode
  • Originally interview, then recording of publicized data.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 60
    Number of Variables: 31
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS. For further information see
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8146 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Wolf, Christof: Religiöse Pluralisierung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. In: Friedrichs, Jürgen; Jagodzinski, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Soziale Integration. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1999, S. 320-349.
  • Wolf, Christof: Religionszugehörigkeit in Westdeutschland 1939-1987: Eine Zusammenstellung nach Bundesländern auf Basis von Volkszählungsdaten - Einschließlich einiger Angaben zur Pluralität der Religionszugehörigkeit. Köln: Manuskript 1999.
  • Wolf, Christof: Religionszugehörigkeit im früheren Bundesgebiet 1939 bis 1987. In: Wirtschaft und Statistik 3/2000, S. 201-207.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 93 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23