A cultural map of the world

The World Values Surveys were designed to provide a comprehensive measurement of all major areas of human concern, from religion to politics to economic and social life and two dimensions dominate the picture: (1) Traditional/ Secular-rational and (2) Survival/Self-expression values.

These two dimensions explain more than 70 percent of the cross-national variance in a factor analysis of ten indicators and each of these dimensions is strongly correlated with scores of other important orientations.

If countries are positioned on a graph using these two dimensions, one has a fascinating cultural map of the world. You can view the cultural map and check out where your country is located here.


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