More than a third of Finns are worried about Russia’s political and military threats, according to a new survey commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.
The survey asked just over 1,000 people how concerned they were about a range of issues, including rising energy costs, climate change, infectious diseases and the potential threat of Russia’s attack on Ukraine spreading across Europe.
Among the respondents, 37 percent of them, the most common concern was the threat posed by Russia. Just behind these concerns, 34 percent said they were worried about the rise in electricity and fuel prices.
Climate change was the third most urgent issue, and according to the magazine, 24 percent of the respondents expressed their concern about it.
At the same time, 21 percent of those polled said they were worried about infectious diseases, and the same percentage said they were worried about the possibility of Russian aggression in Ukraine spreading across Europe.
Regarding the tensions between Finland and its large eastern neighbor, the support of the largest parliamentary parties for ending or limiting the granting of visas to Russian tourists is increasing. A Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday that Russia will take "countermeasures" if Finland were to take such measures.
In the Helsingin Sanomat survey conducted by Kantar, inquiries were made between 10 and 16. June 1050 18-79 year olds from different parts of Finland. Its margin of error was 3.1 percentage points.
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