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EU-Finland, First-Year Impressions

Venna, Yrjö (1995) EU-Finland, First-Year Impressions. EIPASCOPE, 1995 (3). pp. 1-3.

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    Abstract

    [Introduction]. In Sweden, the EU-sceptic politicians and parties advanced in the European Parliament elections in early October this year. The turn-out was very low by Swedish standards, 41%, which indicates a lack of interest among the general public. The public-opinion ratings have gone down in the course of the year and now, in autumn, only one out of five Swedes believes that the membership of the EU is beneficial for Sweden. In Austria, the opinion polls have demonstrated frustration with the European Union and, if there were a referendum now, the majority would most likely reject membership. Contrary to these trends, the Finns seem to be the happiest out of the three new Member States. In September, 50% of the 927 interviewees would have voted 'Yes' if there had been a new referendum; 38% would have voted 'No', and there were 11% who had not made up their mind. The support has remained on this level throughout the first year of membership. The reasons for the relatively positive opinions of the Finns are partly historical, and partly the positive effects which the man in the street has experienced. A short account of their recent history may explain the Finns' positive attitude towards Europe.

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    Item Type: Article
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Finland
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > public opinion
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2003
    Page Range: pp. 1-3
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/828

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