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HS poll: Majority opposed to Turkey's demands

The same poll found that four out of five Finns were in favour of joining the alliance.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has opposed Finland and Sweden joining Nato for the past month. Image: EPA-EFE
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Seventy percent of people in Finland do not support making concessions to Turkey in exchange for Nato membership, according to a recent Helsingin Sanomat poll.

Only 14 percent of respondents agreed that Finland should change its laws to accommodate Turkey. According to the HS poll, Finns Party voters were most likely to make concessions while Green and Left Alliance voters were the most opposed to Turkey's demands.

All 30 member states of Nato must unanimously approve new members into the alliance, and the biggest hurdle for the prospective Nordic countries has been Turkey.

Turkey has opposed Nato bids for Finland and Sweden, claiming that they harbour Kurdish terrorists, among other things. Finland and Sweden have disagreed and opened dialogue with Ankara in order to join the defence alliance.

Ahead of a Nato summit in Madrid this week, it appears that Turkey is resolute in its position, despite other Nato members and officials hoping to have reached an earlier consensus.

Additionally, support for Nato membership in Finland rose to 79 percent in the HS poll, the highest ever support for Nato membership in a poll. An Yle poll in early May found that 76 percent of respondents supported Nato membership.

There were more than a thousand respondents to the survey conducted by Kantar TNS. The margin of error was about 3.1 percentage points in either direction.

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