People in Finland trust in Supo

Supo surveys public perceptions of its work on an annual basis. The latest survey was conducted between 22 November and 3 December 2021, based on a sample representing the population of mainland Finland aged between 18 and 79 years.

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A clear majority (89 per cent) of the public in Finland indicate either a very high or at least fairly high degree of trust in Supo. Two respondents in five (40 %) report a very high degree of trust, and one respondent in two (49 %) reports a fairly high degree of trust.

Confidence in Supo is almost as strong as a year ago. Only one respondent in a hundred does not trust Supo at all.


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The same survey also looked at how well people living in Finland know the functions of Supo, which changed to some extent following the introduction of new intelligence legislation in summer 2019.

The best-known Supo´s functions are gathering intelligence on threats to national security, combating terrorism and preventing espionage targeting Finland. More than 90 per cent of respondents identified these as Supo´s functions. More than 80 per cent of people in Finland also know that Supo distributes intelligence to the President, Government, and public authorities, and conducts security clearance vetting of people appointed to key positions.

Foreign intelligence is a new function of Supo, and was the least well known (72 per cent of respondents). A slightly higher proportion of respondents mistakenly believed that Supo combats organised crime, even though this function belongs to the National Bureau of Investigation. Just over a quarter of respondents also mistakenly thought that Supo was responsible for investigating particularly serious homicides. There has been little change in survey findings since last year.

A total of 1,005 interviews took place, and the margin of error is ± 3 percentage points.

Trust in Supo:
High 40 per cent.
Fairly high 49 per cent.
No opinion 4 per cent.
Not very high 6 per cent.
None at all 1 per cent.