More than one in four Norwegians believes that Russia poses a threat to Norway, according to a survey carried out by InFact for the newspaper Dagbladet.
As many as 28.9% of those surveyed say that the threat from Russia is “high or “very high.” 28.7% think the threat is “small” or “very small.”
In the survey, about a thousand Norwegians answered the question: How big a threat do you think Russia poses to Norway?
The answers were graded on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is “very small threat” and 5 is “very high threat.”
Women are more worried about Russia than men, Dagbladet’s survey shows. Only 6.9% of men think the threat from Russia is very high, while 11.9% of women think the same.
People in Northern Norway are the least worried. There, only 5.9% of those surveyed say that they think the threat is very high. On a national basis, this proportion is 9.4%. People in Eastern Norway, outside Oslo, are most worried. There, a total of 34.1% believe that the threat level is high or very high.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Geir Hågen Karlsen, the fear people express is not unfounded, even though there is no immediate threat. He thinks the danger, in the long run, is substantial – 4 on a scale from 1 to 5.
“Russia will certainly learn from the mistakes they have made now. They will certainly rebuild their forces. And with the government they have, there are no political, moral, or legal restrictions on their use of force. They are only kept in check by the fact that we are able to resist,” Karlsen said.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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