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Poll: Four out of five want to abandon Russian energy

The majority of Finns would be willing to give up Russian energy—even if it means rising costs—according to Greenpeace.

A Greenpeace survey found that young people were more reluctant to give up Russian energy than older age groups. Image: Otso Ritonummi / Yle

A fresh survey by Greenpeace finds that four-fifths of people in Finland would be willing to stop using Russian energy.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents said Finland should cease Russian energy imports, even if such a move triggers rising costs.

"The results are a clear message to the government. Finland can and should independently cease Russian energy imports and not wait for any potential EU sanctions," Greenpeace climate and energy specialist Olli Tiainen said in a statement on Monday.

Age and education levels were linked to an increased willingness to decouple from Russian energy, according to Greenpeace. The more educated and older a person was, the more likely they were to favour abandoning Russian energy imports to Finland. Nearly 90 percent of university educated respondents wanted to give up Russian energy.

Having a family also tipped people in favour of cutting Russian energy, with three-quarters of respondents whose households included children wanting to end imports in spite of the costs incurred by such a move.

Unemployment seemed to dampen the enthusiasm for stopping Russian energy imports. Seventy percent of jobless respondents wanted Finland to cease the imports.

Greenpeace found that young people—15 to 24 year-olds—were the most reluctant to give up Russian energy, with just over a fifth of respondents in this age group saying they believed Finland should cut itself off.

The poll, carried out by Taloustutkimus over the phone, drew some 1,000 responses.