Survey: almost half of Estonians fear a military conflict in the country

According to a recent survey, 45% of Estonians are afraid of a military conflict on the country’s soil – which is 12% higher than in 2015.

The survey, conducted by the Estonian insurance company, Ergo, and a Latvian pollster, SKDS, also concluded that 46% of Estonians worry about potential ethnic conflicts and 52% fear economic or political instability. Both these fears have declined compared with the 2015 results; however, fears about immigrants, especially refugees, have increased – 60% of Estonians are afraid of refugees.

On the other hand, Estonians aren’t increasingly worried about terror attacks – only 23% are afraid to be a victim of such attack, which is only three per cent higher than in 2015.

The survey was conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania among a thousand people from each country.


Cover: Children playing outside in Estonia (the image is illustrative/photo by Iris Kivisalu.)

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