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Poll: People in Finland do no believe relations with Russia will improve

The Foundation for Municipal Development surveyed people's views on the current decade's developments and Finland's future prospects.

77 percent of respondents in the survey did not believe that relations between Finland and Russia would improve by 2030. Image: Juho Liukkonen / Yle

Three out of four people living in Finland do not believe that relations between Finland and Russia will improve during the decade, according to a survey commissioned by the Foundation for Municipal Development.

As part of the survey, over half of respondents also had low confidence in the adequacy of social and health services.

On the other hand, over half of people living in Finland responded that they believed the Finnish education system would be among the best in the world by the end of the decade.

Confidence in reaching climate change targets was fairly evenly split between sceptics and optimists. Just over half of the respondents thought that Finland's carbon neutrality targets will not be met and that biodiversity loss will not be halted.

Of the survey respondents, people aged 60 and over were more confident about the future than average. They had faith in Finland's competitiveness in the international market and also foresaw a reasonable development of people's livelihoods. By contrast, respondents aged 18 to 30 showed more uncertainty than average towards the future.

SDP supporters most optimistic, Finns Party supporters most sceptical

The party affiliation of survey respondents was reflected in their opinions on the developments of the decade.

Opposition party supporters had a bleaker outlook on Finland's future prospect than ruling party supporters.

In economic and social terms, supporters of the opposition believed that Finland was much more likely to face hardship in the coming years.

According to the survey, Social Democratic Party supporters, the party of Prime Minister Sanna Marin, were almost universally more positive than average respondents. Supporters of the Finns Party, however, generally had more negative attitudes about the future.

Polling firm Kantar TNS conducted the survey in early June which was answered by 1,034 people living in Finland aged 18 to 79 with a margin of error of three percentage points in either direction.