Majority of Finnish youths oppose Finland's NATO bid

09:26, November 17, 2010      

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Most Finnish youths are against their country joining NATO but support the concept of a European Union-wide defense, a new survey says.

The Finnish National Advisory Council for Youth Affairs survey reports that 60 percent of Finland's youths object to joining NATO.

The recently released survey said that about two thirds of the youths believe that Finland, a nation that is outside NATO but a member of the EU, must defend itself, while 68 percent view the country's general compulsory conscription as an important part of national defense.

The survey also showed that fears of increasing insecurity and uncertainty from Russia and terrorist threats from the Islamic world are among the reasons why youths oppose Finland's bid for NATO membership.

The survey queried young people between the ages of 15 and 20.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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