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Poll suggests half of Finns think racism is a significant problem

Respondents' political affiliations correlated with their answers. 

Helsingin Senaatintorilla järjestettävä rasismia vastustava mielenosoitus.
File photo of an anti-racism demonstration held on 3 June 2020 at Helsinki's Senate Square. Image: Don Trammell

Just over half of respondents to a poll in Finland said they think racism is a significant problem in the country, according to a survey by newspaper group Uutissuomalainen.

Out of the roughly 1,000 respondents, 51 percent said Finland had racism problems, while 43 percent had different opinions on the matter. The remainder did not answer the question.

However, there were marked differences in the answers given by male and female respondents. Some 33 percent of women said they disagreed to some extent with the statement that 'racism is a significant problem in Finland', while 54 percent of men didn't agree with it.

Age also appeared to be a factor in how people responded, with people aged 18-29 being more likely to see racism as a bigger problem than older age groups. However, the poll found that those over the age of 70 were more likely to see racism as a problem facing the country than middle-aged respondents did.

Major differences along party lines

The biggest differences in answers were seen regarding respondents' political affiliations.

Just over 80 percent of Green Party and Left Alliance supporters said they believe racism was a significant problem.

But Finns Party adherents have nearly the opposite opinion, with 75 percent of the party's supporters saying racism was not a problem, according to the poll.

Meanwhile, supporters of the Social Democrats were more likely to see racism as a problem than those who support the Centre and National Coalition parties.

Answers also differed depending on where respondents lived. People who reside in the Uusimaa and Helsinki area were more likely to consider racism a problem facing the country than those who lived elsewhere.

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