A short piece of news from Finnish public service broadcaster YLE reported about a survey measuring the political knowledge of Finns across the society. The survey, conducted by the University of Turku, found that a large part of the general population had quite poor knowledge about domestic politics. Three out of four respondents were unable to name the currently governing parties.
Most of the more than 1000 respondents could name prime minister Matti Vanhanen. In contrast, only one in four considered it important to vote in the European parliamentary elections. Political knowledge showed correlation with the income level and profession of the respondents.