Poll finds divisions over LGBT issues and language in Finland

Helsinki FinlandBY KELLY MORRIS

A survey, conducted by pollster Taloustukimus, was used recently to gauge thoughts on gay marriage, language, climate change, and gender equality in Finland. Over one-third of the study’s participants were strongly in favor of gay marriage, which one-fourth of the participants strongly opposed it.

A majority of people under 50 were for marriage equality which 57 percent of participants over 65 were against it. The issue was also divided by demographics, with those in both the highest and lowest being most supportive of gay marriage. Linguistically, one-third of the participants would like to demote Swedish as the second official language of Finland.

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