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Consumers looking to buy Finnish after Russian sanctions

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Finnish products are increasingly popular at retailers as Finns rally round producers hit by the tit-for-tat trade sanctions that have hit EU-Russia trade.

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A new survey shows that nearly a fifth of Finns reckon they have increased purchases of Finnish products since the sanctions were slapped on EU exports.

Finns are rushing to fill the gap left by a Russian ban on certain types of food imported from the EU. A new survey shows that around 17 percent of people are now buying more Finnish products than they were before the sanctions.

Finland's dairy industry in particular has been severely affected by a ban on exports to Russia since the cycle of sanctions and counter-sanctions between Russia and the EU began. Last year around a fifth of the turnover of Finland's biggest dairy company, Valio, came from exports to Russia.

That has prompted a wave of sympathy revealed by a survey conducted for the Association for Finnish Work. The poll found that 13 percent of men and 21 percent of women said the Russian sanctions had affected their view of Finnish products.

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