Finnish baby boomers caught in mid-life crisis

elderly-lady-littleAlmost half of all over 50s in Finland say their lives are dissatisfying and that they are victims of an over-hurried and unjust world. A new survey from consulting firm Redera and pollster Taloustukimus has revealed that Finland’s aging baby-boomers are largely negative about their present and future prospects in the country.

YLE reports that the affected age bracket is worried about financial stability and achieving success, and concerned that their advanced years may stop them achieving their goals. The research found that the level of dissatisfaction was not dependent on education, income of even health, with all social groups expressing the same concerns evenly.

“People who considered themselves victims felt the world had become too rushed, too selfish and too unstable. They sought more security and compassion,” explained Redera’s Chief Executive Officer Isa Merikallio, who managed the survey.
“For example, the victims’ group might yearn for retirement. But once they finally retire, they find it doesn’t solve their problems and might actually make them worse,” she added.
Merikallio pointed out, however, that the victimised mindset was countered by many Finnish baby-boomers who are altogether satisfied with their lives and feel positive about the future. This group, referred to as the ‘sunny group‘ by Merikallio, makes up around 10 percent of those polled.

“The sunny group is the antithesis of the victim group said Merikallio. “They feel valued by other people. The sunny people see the harsh realities of the world, but they have an attitude that seeks solutions.”