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Published: 19 May 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 09:02

Nine out ten keep a safe distance

Almost nine out ten people wash their hands more often, and almost as many keep a safe distance to others, in shops for example. Last week we reported a reduction in changed behaviour – now, a week later, the trend is upward again.

Some behaviour changes reached their highest level yet during the surveying period. The behaviours that the general public first adopted were frequent hand-washing and avoiding shaking hands. These recommendations continue to be among those most followed. 

The three biggest changes in behaviour since surveys began on 21 March are: 

  • I invite people to my home less
  • I have reduced the number of private or business trips I take 
  • I avoid kissing and hugging people

This week’s report also indicates that the medical care services and the Public Health Agency of Sweden continue to enjoy high levels of public trust. 

Fewer people than earlier (but many nevertheless) feel worried that many companies will be in serious financial trouble (none out of ten respondents in the early surveys; eight out of ten in the last two). Worries about businesses continue to be those most reported, followed by worries that unemployment will increase.  

Target group and sample

The general public aged 19–79. The sample is drawn randomly from Kantar Sifo’s online panel. The ambition is to carry out 100 interviews net per day. The survey has been going on since 21 March 2020. 


Data collection is done using an online survey produced by Kantar Sifo. 

Published: 19 May 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 09:02

Latest reviewed: 19 May 2020

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