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Poll: Anti-Russian Sentiment High

Finns have a particularly strong dislike of Russia. An international survey indicates that 62% of Finns have a critical view of Russia, the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reports. Finns are also critical of the United States.

Finland has one of the lowest opinions of its giant neighbour. This is surpassed only by Kosovo, which despises Russia for its support of Serbia. Finnish distrust of Russia is greater than that in former Soviet satellite states.

Fully 56% of Finns are critical or highly critical of the U.S. Only two percent of the population thought positively of the country, according to the Gallup International poll published by Helsingin Sanomat.

Finns had the highest opinion of the British, the poll showed.

Over 50,000 people in 60 countries were questioned for the survey.

Helsingin Sanomat, YLE24

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