Silver celebration: 25th anniversary of Finland’s EU referendum

Finland is more positive than ever before about being a member of the European Union according to recent polling.

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Detail of blue balloons with EU logo / Credit: News Now Finland

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, Finland is marking the 25th anniversary of its referendum to join the EU.

Back in October 1994 the country went to the polls and 75% of voters turned out.

In the end the result was clear – 56.9% of Finnish voters opted to join the European Union.

That same year in November the Finnish parliament approved the country’s EU accession, and when Finland joined at the beginning of 1995 it became the newest member of the union along with Sweden and Austria.

Today Finns are some of the most enthusiastic EU members, with a survey in spring showed some 56% of people have a positive view of the European Union, with just 13% having a negative view.

Only 14% of people in the Finnish Business and Policy Forum Eva survey thought Finland should leave the EU – known jokingly as ‘Fixit’.

However Euroskeptic nationalists The Finns Party came second in this year’s general election so there’s seemingly a disconnect between the high levels of support for the EU on one hand, and willingness to vote for a party that remains deeply opposed to Finnish European Union membership on the other hand.