Survey: Norwegians expect a new increase in infection and are worried about the economy

Corona test - self testPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Only 7% of the population in the country believe that the economic situation will improve next month – the lowest level since the pandemic year 2020.

“Most people are currently pessimistic when it comes to finances,” senior adviser Nora Clausen in Opinion, which carries out the Norwegian Corona Barometer, stated.

Clausen does not believe that the corona pandemic alone is to blame for the negative figures. However, she does think that it shares the blame for rising interest rates and rising prices.

The majority in the survey – 51% – believe the economic situation will deteriorate, while 42% believe it will remain unchanged.

Personal finances

27% state that they are worried about their personal finances as a result of the pandemic, the highest level measured since April 2020. 

Furthermore, 36% say that they are worried about the Norwegian economy as a result of the pandemic. This is an increase of 6% from May.

In the June survey, almost six out of ten Norwegians (57%) said that they would spend their summer holidays only in Norway this year – an increase of 8% from May.

“The trend as summer approaches seems to be in favor of holidays in Norway this year. Air industry strikes will probably reinforce that trend,” Clausen added.

Corona pandemic

Four out of ten Norwegians (41%) now state that they believe that the number of new corona cases will increase. 24% expect a decline, while the rest believe the number will remain unchanged.

The proportion of those expecting an increase in infection has increased by as much as 18% since May.

“Even though we saw a small change in trend already in May, the June survey sends a strong signal that Norwegians expect more corona infection in the future,” Nora Clausen noted.

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