I hope the irony isn’t missed that Finns born during or shortly after the Winter War of 1939 and World War II are the least anti-Russian, and those born after the collapse of the Soviet Union are the most. NATO operatives have done their job well.
Finnish residents are increasingly critical of Russia, according to a values and attitudes survey commissioned by the think tank Eva, the Finnish Business and Policy Forum.
Slightly more than one-third of respondents had a positive opinion of Russia, while 45 percent held a negative opinion of the country.
Meanwhile, a similar survey in 2012 found that 63 percent had positive attitudes and just 19 percent had negative attitudes towards Russia.
The new survey found that favourable attitudes about Finland’s large eastern neighbour had fallen by around 30 percentage points – and negative attitudes grew by 26 percentage points during that nine-year period.
The think tank’s new survey also found that nearly 60 percent of respondents considered Russia as a military threat.
Negative attitudes towards Russia were more common among the survey’s younger respondents, with Haavisto saying that might be indicative that such opinions might be long lasting.
The age demographic with the most positive attitudes towards Russia was around 65 years old.