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Poll: Privacy More Important Than Political Rights for Finns

Finns appear not to place exceptional value on basic political rights. A survey commissioned by pollster Suomen Gallup by YLE does, however, show the population values the basic rights of equality, privacy and social security.

Under 25-year olds consider the right to employment through a job, profession and skill of their choice to more important than their parents. However, a basic political right as the freedom of association is least significant basic right for them. The same is true for older people.

Among the population as a whole, equality before the law was the primary basic right for a majority of respondents. This is followed by the right of privacy and access to social and health services.

Freedom of speech and the right to life were also in the top five list of basic rights. Those at the bottom of the survey’s list included such political rights as the vote and freedom of association. Freedom of religion was also low down the scale.

The survey also asked which rights people would be willing to sacrifice under exceptional conditions. Most of those asked said the right of association and a quarter put freedom of movement on their list.

One out of five were ready to permit the death penalty in some circumstances. On the other hand, one in five said they would not accept any dilution of basic rights under any circumstances. Most of these respondents came from the political left or greens.

Some 1,200 people were interviewed for the survey last week.


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