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Survey: Majority of Finns say pension system 'unfair'

The majority of people in Finland believe the country's pension system is unfair, according to a new survey. Only 14 percent of respondents said they thought the system was fair to everyone, regardless of generation.

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The Finnish pension system is not fair, according to nearly two thirds of those polled on the issue for the Uutissuomalainen news organisation. Dissatisfaction was widespread among respondents, with just 14 percent regarding the system as even-handed.

"You might think that some would be clearly more satisfied than others, but it looks like the injustice is felt quite deeply among all age groups," said Heikki Hiilamo, professor of public policy at Helsinki University.

Those most likely to view the pension system as unjust fell in the 45-59 cohort, with three out of four saying they felt the system did not treat people of different generations equally.

Over-70s have a more positive view of the system, with respondents in this age band less likely than younger respondents to view the system as unfair.

Respondents who identified as supporters of the Social Democrats, the Finns Party or the Blue Reform group were more likely than supporters of other parties to view the system as unfair.

The poll was conducted online, with a thousand people answering the survey between 20 September and 25 September. The margin of error was 3.1 percentage points.

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