Questionnaire applied on the Bulgarians living in Portugal

Presentation of the Project, University of Lisbon

Preliminary results

Nikola Vulchev, Zlatka Timenova

With the aim to complete the project "The Balkan identities in the Bulgarian culture" a questionnaire was constructed in order to evaluate the social identities of the Bulgarian citizens living in Portugal. The questions were grouped in five sections: 1) general information about the respondent; 2) six questions that are aimed to assess the identification of the participant with various social identities; 3) six questions that are aimed to evaluate the importance given by the participant to his identification with various social identities; 4) questions aimed to assess the influence of various factors on the social identity of the participant; 5) some additional questions related to various aspects of the social identity of the participant. In total 42 individuals responded to the questionnaire, from which 23 were male, 18 - female (1 missing value), mean age was 34.1 years.
The results show a strong tendency of the participants to identify themselves with the Bulgarian identity, the ethnic group and the religious group. We found a weaker tendency to accept the identification with the professional group and the group of people from the birth place of the respondent. We found also a clear identification with the positive models in the Bulgarian culture and the national and religious holydays.
The results of the study are used to suggest some guidelines for future investigations.