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MTV poll: Close to half oppose Nato base in Finland

In the same poll, an additional half answered that Finland should become more involved in Nato's international operations.

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Nearly half of the respondents in the survey responded that Finland should be more involved in Nato's international operations. Image: NATO
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Almost half of people in Finland oppose the establishment of a permanent Nato base in Finland, according to the results of a recent poll conducted by commercial broadcaster MTV.

The survey also found that around two-fifths, or 39 percent of respondents, were in favour of a permanent Nato base.

Close to half of respondents, 49 percent, said that Finland should be more actively involved in Nato's international military operations as well as activities defending Finland. Fewer respondents, 42 percent, were in favour of Finland only participating in Nato in ways that are directly related to Finnish national defence.

A recent survey commissioned by Maaseudun Tulevaisuus found that almost 40 percent of Finnish respondents favoured some sort of Nato intervention in Ukraine.

Finland's Nato membership still hinges on ratification by Turkey and Hungary. Turkey has increasingly put pressure on Sweden to meet all its demands for membership. Stockholm has said some of Ankara's requests cannot be met.

On Sunday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Green) stressed the importance of Finland and Sweden joining the military alliance around the same time.

The survey, commissioned by MTV and carried out by pollster Taloustutkimus, was answered by around 1,000 people in Finland aged 18-79 in December-January. The margin of error is three percentage points in either direction.

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