Finland has a lot of experience with foreign power centers dictating to them, and they average Finn doesn’t like it. Only 51% voted in favor of joining the EU, and that was after a massive propaganda campaign pimping the virtues of joining it. And they’re still skeptical, even after all of the scheming by political hacks like SDP’s, Jutta Urpilainen, who arranged the Finnish loans to Greece.
To her credit she managed a deal that other states would have wanted for themselves, but Finland should have never had gone ahead with the loans in the first place. It’s all a ponzi scheme, Greece will in fact default and return to the Drachma. Case closed and money lost.
Study shows EU less popular among Finns than before
A growing percentage of Finns feel that the achievements of the European Union in immigration and the economy are negative from Finland’s point of view.
According to a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat and conducted by TNS Gallup, 42 per cent of Finns are critical of the EU’s economic achievements, up from 30 per cent in 2009 when a previous similar poll was taken. In immigration issues, 34 per cent are critical of EU policy, up from 24 per cent three years ago.
“Generally speaking, views of the EU are slightly darker and more cautious, but no landslide of negativity can be seen”, says Juhani Pehkonen of TNS Gallup.
Opinions have not changed much in what have been perceived as positive achievements of the EU. The highest praise is for the greater ease of travel and the common currency, the euro.
Although there is criticism of the EU’s economic policy, there is also praise. Whereas 38 per cent of Finns felt that the EU’s achievements in interest rates were positive, now as the economic crisis runs rampant, 45 per cent are satisfied with the EU’s achievements in the area.
As a result of measures taken by the European Central Bank, the interest rate level in Finland is at a record low, which has made life easier for those with home loans.