SURVEY REVEALS: Trust In Finnish Government Sinks – Women More Willing to Intervene in Racism Than Men

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The trust in the Finnish government has sunk significantly in the past three years. In the picture, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The trust in the FInnish government has sunk significantly in the past three years. In the picture, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Only one-third of Finns trusts the government, reveals a recent survey. In 2014, the same number was 45 percent.

According to the survey, Kansan arvot 2016 (The Values of the People), the government has suffered the most significant dent in trust in the past three years.

The greatest trust is enjoyed by the police, education system and health care. Fourth place goes to the justice department and the fifth to the defense forces. While the trust in Finnish companies (6th place) has grown yearly to a more positive direction and there are more people believing that the economic growth will create well-being, the trust in the government has sunk to the thirteenth place.

15,000 blew the whistle on racism in September at the Citizens' Square in Helsinki. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

15,000 blew the whistle on racism in September at the Citizens’ Square in Helsinki. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The survey also measured whether Finns are ready to intervene in racist behavior. 60 percent of the respondents said that they would step in if they saw a racist situation.

However, women were more willing to intervene. 65 percent of the women would step in to stop racism, while only 54 percent of the men said that they would do the same.

 The survey was conducted during 10.6-11.4.2016. 3,147 Finns (aged 15-74) took part in the national survey.