Finnish MPs weigh religious and cultural issues: Age matters

while less than 60% of older candidates supported this change.

Age also seemed to affect attitudes towards church services organized by the school. Almost 60% of younger candidates were willing to remove church attendance from school programs, while only about 40% of older candidates agreed.

The eight major political parties generally had a better attitude towards the visibility of religion in schools. However, the trend was the same in the age groups: those who had been away longer than their own school year supported more church services organized by the school.

The survey also asked the candidates their views on various other religious and cultural issues, such as whether store owners should prohibit employees from wearing headscarves or whether the timing of public holidays should be tied to church law.

These results indicate that Finland’s political landscape is becoming more diverse in terms of opinions on religious and cultural issues, with younger candidates generally inclined to more secular politics than their older counterparts.


Source: The Nordic Page




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