More Finns ready to take up arms since Ukraine war

The survey found that the number of people who said they were ready to fight even if the result was doubtful also shot up to 75%, a 19% increase. [Shutterstock/Karolis Kavolelis]

The number of Finns who are ready to fight to defend their country in case of an attack has increased since Russia invaded Ukraine, a new survey published Monday shows.

According to the survey commissioned by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, respondents who believe conscripts could defend the country from attack rose to 82%, representing a 15% jump compared to January.

The survey found that the number of people who said they were ready to fight even if the result was doubtful also shot up to 75%, a 19% increase.

The Finnish Defence Forces count 280,000 soldiers that can be mobilised for war. When necessary, this strength can be boosted by the reserve of around 900,000 citizens as Finland has a universal conscription system.

A person is part of the reserve until turning fifty or sixty. Those in the rank and file transfer into the auxiliary reserve at the end of the year when they turn 50. Reserve officers and non-commissioned officers remain in reserve until the end of the year when they turn 60.

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