69 percent of Finns perceive their lives as secure, according to a new population survey. This is a decrease from 83 percent during the same period last year.
The same survey reveals that as many as one in four young people feels bitterness towards society.
Those who feel the most insecure in the country live in local centers in rural areas, where 64 percent say they feel safe. In surrounding areas of cities and in sparsely populated areas, people feel the safest, where 76 percent and 75 percent respectively state that they feel a sense of security. Since October 2022, the numbers have decreased the most in inner-city areas, showing a reduction of as much as 17 percentage points, according to the Sentimentti population survey in October 2023.
Individuals under 40 years generally feel less secure compared to older people.
Widespread anxiety – and bitterness among the young
Anxiety has also increased among Finns where 93 percent claim to be concerned about global developments, which is an increase of 22 percentage points compared to last year. 65 percent of Finns also express concerns about their own livelihood and financial security, which is an increase of 41 percentage points since last October.
Furthermore, 13 percent of citizens feel bitterness towards society, a sentiment most prevalent among young people. As many as one in four young individuals, 25 percent of men and 23 percent of women under 30 years old, stated that they feel bitterness towards society.