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Survey: Nearly three-quarters of the Estonian population supports assisting poorer countries


The results of a survey presented at the Foreign Ministry today showed that 74% of Estonia's population and 98% of opinion leaders think that Estonia should assist poorer and less developed countries. Regionally, Eastern European and African countries were highlighted the most, among individual countries, Ukraine was mentioned most often.

The survey, conducted by Emor, also revealed that compared to the 2005 survey, the percentage of those interested in issues related to world development has risen by 12%.

Over the years, awareness has increased substantially: as much as 60% of the population was able to highlight keywords regarding development cooperation and humanitarian aid in this year's survey. In 2008, that figure stood at 10%.

The Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s External Economic and Development Cooperation Department, Jüri Seilenthal was pleased with the high percentages. “We want people to understand and value development cooperation and for everyone to be able to contribute to assisting developing countries and the people living there. An important part of Estonia's contribution, for example, are opportunities which have been created to facilitate private donations. Continuing advocacy is also important in order to explain why it is necessary to contribute to solving the world’s development problems,” Seilenthal said.

1000 residents and 50 opinion leaders were interviewed in April and May of this year for the survey presented today, the aim of which was to map the awareness and attitudes of the Estonian population and opinion leaders with regard to development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Similar surveys were conducted in 2005 and 2008.


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