Thursday December 1st, 2016 / by T-Media / In
Finnish people trust their political decision makers and labour market organisations less than before. The Nation’s Values 2016 study indicates that the Government has suffered the greatest loss in trust. In contrast, the police, the education system and the healthcare system enjoy the strongest trust among Finnish citizens.
Political decision makers have experienced a negative reputation impact because of processes such as the Government’s Competitiveness Pact, long in the making. Trust in the Government, the parliament and labour market organisations has significantly decreased from 2013. Only every third Finn now says that they trust the Government. Three years ago, the Government’s trust level was at 45%.
FUTURE OF WELFARE STATE UNDER THREAT
The willingness of Finns to pay more taxes is decreasing, be it to reduce government debt or to retain the welfare society. At the same time, Finns express the wish to put a stop to national borrowing.
The study shows that Finns trust the public sector as a provider of healthcare services. Overall, the findings indicate that Finns lean towards simplifying the structures in the public sector and government.
HOPES OF LONGER CAREERS FAILING
Finns are facing challenges both at the outset and at the end of their work life. Youth employment is a distinct concern. 77% of the respondents think it is too difficult for young people to get their career started.
Middle-agers’ confidence in their capabilities and career prospects is in a slump. Furthermore, the interest of people aged 55 to 64 to become an entrepreneur has decreased.
IMMIGRATION HOT TOPIC
Most Finns look at immigrants in a favourable light. Opinions on immigration, however, are polarised, and attitudes are getting stronger. Interestingly, the standpoints of different age groups are moving in opposite directions. Middle-agers are getting increasingly critical towards immigration, whereas the younger people showcase an increasingly favourable attitude.
The data for The Nation’s Values 2016 study was executed with an online survey between 6 October and 4 November 2016. All in all, 3,147 Finns took the survey. The research project is a collaboration between the Finnish Economic Information Office and T-Media. The study targeted Finns between the ages of 15 and 74 nationwide (excluding Åland).
You can download the research report (in Finnish) here.
Economic Information Office (TAT), President, Kari Väisänen, +358 400 138 767, kari.vaisanen(a)tat.fi
T-Media, Reseach Manager, Reeta Sutinen, +358 40 511 9936, reeta.sutinen(a)t-media.fi
Economic Information Office (TAT), Producer, Internal and External Communications, Mari Lehtonen, +358 40 450 8307, mari.lehtonen(a)tat.fi