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According to a recent values and attitudes survey by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, 49% of Finns believe that taxation in Finland is too high, while 32% disagree. The harshest critics of taxation levels are Finns Party voters, of whom 83% believe that taxation in Finland is too harsh. Additionally, a majority of National Coalition Party voters (71%) think that taxation in Finland is too harsh, as do a significant number of Liike Nyt (58%), Christian Democrats (41%), and Centre Party (47%) voters.

On the other hand, supporters of the other parties in Prime Minister Sanna Marin's government are more satisfied with the level of taxation. The most contented with taxation levels are Green Party voters, with three-quarters (74%) rejecting the claim that taxation is too harsh in Finland. A majority of Left Alliance (70%), Swedish People's Party (56%), and Social Democratic Party (53%) voters also do not consider taxation to be too harsh in Finland.

Unlike voters of other parties, Finns Party voters are becoming increasingly critical of the taxation level compared to the tax survey conducted in 2015.

"The view of the severity of Finland's taxation has softened since 2002, when 70% of Finns thought Finland's taxation was too harsh. The change may partly be due to Finland's total tax rate being slightly lower than in the late 1990s. However, the increased acceptance of the taxation level among citizens may be related to debt consciousness, as citizens' concern about public debt has increased. The fact that a clear majority of Finns would prefer to streamline the operation of public finances instead of raising taxes supports this interpretation," says Emmiliina Kujanpää, EVA's leading tax expert who wrote the results analysis.

The results are based on responses from 2,043 people, with a margin of error of 2-3 percentage points in either direction at the population level. The data was collected between January 31 and February 13, 2023. The respondents represent the 18-79-year-old population of Finland (excluding Åland). The material was collected in Taloustutkimus Oy's internet panel, from which the research sample was formed by a partial random sample. The material is weighted to represent the population by age, gender, residence, education, profession or position, sector, and party affiliation. Pentti Kiljunen (Yhdyskuntatutkimus Oy) conducted the statistical analysis and result graphics. The results and their more detailed population breakdowns can be found on EVA's website. EVA's values and attitudes surveys have been conducted since 1984.

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