More than half of respondents want the country to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens
More than half of Finns want their country to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, according to a poll by Finnish state broadcaster Yle.
Some 58% of respondents are in favor of such an approach, 24% are against and 18% are undecided, according to the study published Thursday.
The poll, in which a thousand Finns were interviewed in early August, also found that most supporters of the ban on Russian tourists were men aged 50 to 64.
Russia and Finland share a 1,340 kilometer (832 mile) land border, with the Nordic nation a popular destination for Russians to vacation and shop.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, some 20,000 people crossed Finland daily from Russia. Visitor numbers fell due to Covid-related travel restrictions in 2020, but have been on the rise since the two countries lifted restrictions in mid-July this year.
Several Finnish lawmakers have called for tougher visa rules for Russians in response to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
Finland cannot prevent Russians from getting visas – media
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto is expected to discuss the visa issue with the government on Thursday, according to the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.
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