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Many Finns Sceptical of Evolution

A surprising number of Finns are sceptical of the theory of evolution, according to a study by Science magazine.

A third of Finns do not believe Darwin's theory that all animals descended from a common organism, and that they adapted to changing environments to create new species. Around ten percent were not sure what to believe.

Finnish scepticism far exceeds other Nordic countries. In Denmark and Sweden, less than 15 percent rejected evolution, in Iceland, less than ten percent. Out of 34 countries studied for the survey, Finland falls 17th in the number of sceptics.

Finnish experts say this may be less a factor of religion, and due more to the quality of education in the last century. The large elderly population may have affected statistics, because they may not have been taught evolution properly in schools.

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