HELSINKI – In government we do not trust

34% of about 3,000 Finnish companies feel that Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s green and red government has been dealing with the crisis badly or even very badly and has not managed to control the pandemic, according to the Central Chamber of Commerce’s October survey.

In a similar survey in May, a wide majority of the country’s businesses and industry approved of the measures taken by the government, while only 13% of those surveyed voiced their dissatisfaction.

The service and travel sector have been the most critical of government measures.

Last week, restaurant and bar employees staged a mass demonstration in Helsinki, protesting against restrictions they consider being too excessive and inappropriate.

Among the companies included in the October survey, about 75% of them have witnessed a drop in sales, while 44% have been forced to lay off staff. In the next two months, 43% are predicting more staff cuts.

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