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Poll: Finns Believe Euro Led to Higher Prices

A clear majority of Finns are certain that the transition to the common European currency has led to higher prices. According to a poll commissioned by Sunnuntaisuomalainen, the Sunday supplement of a number of provincial Finnish newspapers, 78 percent feel that joining the euro has pushed up prices.

Consumer officials nevertheless say that the price of an average basket of groceries has gone up by just 2.7 percent, which follows normal inflationary trends.

The Finnish Consumers' Association notes that some prices have risen, and others have gone down, and that it is likely that higher prices are most easily remembered.

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