Well, it’s official: the current economic crisis isn’t at the front of most Europeans’ minds.
Eurobarometer published a report today aiming to show how the concern for climate change has been bolstered in the EU over the past two years. While the report shows that concern is growing, it also ranks climate change alongside other problems.
EU citizens were asked to rank which problem they thought constituted the biggest threat to the world. The survey was conducted in June this year.
Here’s what they were most concerned about.
Three per cent of the EU considered the proliferation of nuclear weapons the one thing that's going to bring the world to destruction.
The numbers seemed to be higher in South-East Europe, with Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece among the most concerned.
Four per cent of the EU believe that war is the biggest problem.
The fear is highest in the Balkans, with Bulgaria the most concerned nation. Latvians and Estonians are also fearful.
Five per cent of the EU believe there just isn't enough room in this world for everyone.
Scandinavia is particularly concerned about population growth with Sweden being the most afraid nation.
Seven per cent of Europe fears a global blackout.
The concern about the availability of energy was expressed most vigorously in Germany and Italy. Any coincidence that they're two nations that make some of the world's finest automobiles?
11 per cent are most fearful of an international terrorist threat.
Bulgarians seem the most concerned about an attack, while Denmark, Czech Republic and Slovakia are also very afraid.
Surprised that it's not at the top of the list?
16 per cent of Europe believes that the globe's economy is its single biggest hurdle today.
Less surprising is that Greece is the most concerned European nation when it comes to economic matters.
20 per cent of Europe think that climate change is the world's biggest problem.
On average, when asked to score out of 10 how big a threat climate change was, Europe rated it at 7.4.
Sweden and Luxembourg were the most concerned nations, but the Portuguese have other problems; only seven per cent of Portugal thought climate change was a global issue.
28 per cent of the EU said that poverty, hunger and lack of drinking water represented the biggest problem for the world.
That number was 34 per cent when a similar survey was conducted in 2009.
Who is the most caring nation? France, though over half of those surveyed in all countries said that poverty was a global issue.
The least caring? the United Kingdom, where 49 per cent of people surveyed didn't mention global poverty as a big problem.
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