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Survey: Basic rights in Finland "satisfactory"

Respondents to a nationwide civil rights survey were most satisfied with the rights to assembly and education.

Nuoria mielenosoittajia Tuomiokirkon portailla ennen kansainvälisen nuorten ilmastolakon marssia Helsingissä perjantaina 15. maaliskuuta
A thousands-strong climate demonstration in Helsinki in March. Image: Marja Väänänen / Yle

The independent Foundation for Municipal Development in a recent survey found that people in Finland are largely satisfied with the way basic civil rights are enacted in the country. The study by Kantar TNS surveyed some 1,100 people aged 18-78.

Respondents were found to be most satisfied with the right to public assembly, with 86 percent saying the right is maintained completely or adequately in Finland.

Other top-ranking freedoms in the survey were the right to education and information (84 percent), the right to one's own language and culture (83 percent) and freedom of speech (81 percent), as dailies also reported on Saturday.

However, only 58 percent of respondents said that necessities such as the right to livelihood and basic care are well provided in Finland; 37 percent said employment and health are more or less neglected by the state.

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Finnish health care is prized by coalition government party supporters. Image: AOP

Political polarity was also evident in the survey. Finland's social security and health care system was deemed unsatisfactory by 70 percent of Left Alliance supporters and 51 percent of Social Democrats.

The Centre Party's supporters were more satisfied, as 75 percent of them said the right to social security and health care is maintained adequately or well, with 78 percent of National Coalition Party voters saying the same.

Supporters of the Finns Party were found in the survey to be the least satisfied with Finland's maintenance of basic rights; 60 percent of them said that the right to freedom of speech is poorly upheld in Finland and only about half (52 percent) said the right to personal freedom and integrity is well maintained.

The margin of error for the survey is 3 percentage points.

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