The daily Helsingin Sanomat had a survey done by Suomen Gallup asking about peoples’ opinions on security and safety.
The future looks bleak.
The majority of the people are thinking a major terrorist attack somewhere in the world is more probable, but the most troubling issues are unpredictable climate change and poverty. Even though the outlook isn’t positive, over half think that the current world political situation is safe and secure. It seems that the feeling of safety and security rises by the levels of education and income. Only one in ten Finns thinks the world is going into a better direction, over half think it will be going for worse, and women are more pessimistic than men. Over three quarters think that a terrorist attack by moslem militants is very probable somewhere in the world, however only one in ten believe it might happen in Finland. When asked off a list of 10 issues ranging from aids epidemic to the Darfur crisis to name the worst and second-worst problems the top issues were climate change and poverty, the war in Iraq came forth as the single largest issue followed by the nuclear arms crisis in Iran, aids and other epidemics and the Mid-East Conflict. While young people noted the climate change being the most problematic issue, men brought up the War in Iraq and the nuclear arms crisis Iran, fearing armed conflicts.
Suspicion, fear and carefulness are the characteristics of the (Finnish) small-nation psyche. A small nation will survive if it stays quiet and forgotten and out of the field when the big boys are playing. Finns state that both the USA and Russia are threats to world peace – big powerful figures always ride resentment. However there is a dilemma, the climate change is a global issue, and to tackle that one needs to come out into the field.
So, how will the world be in 2008? Full of love or full of hate?