News |

IL poll: 1 in 3 Finns ready to join Nato

Finnish attitudes towards possible Nato membership have become significantly more positive during the crisis in Ukraine. In the latest Iltalehti poll, 34 percent of respondents supported Nato membership while 45 percent were opposed.

Naton merkki ja suomen lippu
Image: YLE

One in three Finns would support Nato membership, according to a new poll conducted for Iltalehti by Taloustutkimus. The poll found that 34 percent of respondents would support Finland joining the alliance, with 45 percent opposed to the idea.

Finnish attitudes have changed since the start of the Ukraine crisis. Last week Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen told Yle that he personally supported Nato membership, although he stressed that was a personal view and not government policy.

Last summer an Yle poll found that 29 percent of people supported joining Nato while 52 percent opposed the idea. Helsingin Sanomat polls found support rising this year during the Ukraine crisis, with 18 percent supporting membership in February and 22 percent in March.

An Yle poll this year found that 54 percent of Finns would support a military alliance with Nordic neighbour Sweden.

Iltalehti’s poll included responses from 1,110 people and the margin of error was +-2.5 percent.

Latest in: News

Headlines

News

Amid Grexit concerns, Finnish finance leaders offer assurances of ECB support and collateral

After news of the Greek referendum broke, several pundits in Finland were quick to predict that Finland can wave goodbye to the seven billion euros in loans it has extended to the crippled economy of Greece in the last decade. Erkki Liikanen, Bank of Finland governor and member of the governing council of the European Central Bank since 2004, attempted to calm the waters on Tuesday, saying the ECB has all the necessary tools to address the situation should Sunday’s vote produce a negative result.

Our picks

Latest

Muualla Yle.fi:ssä