Euroskepticism on retreat in Sweden

MARCUS ERICSSON SWEDEN OUT

Stockholm Police talks to participants of a demonstration by a movement calling itself 'The People's Demonstration' which held a rally at Norrmalmstorg square in Stockholm, Sweden, 30 January 2016. An estimated 100 people took part in the rally staged by the People's Demonstration group, while about 200 counterdemonstrators chanted slogans. The group wanted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's government to resign and hold fresh elections, in order to make way for a government that 'took the interest of the Swedish people first.'

Euroskepticism on retreat in Sweden


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The proportion of Swedes that wish their country to leave the EU has declined to its lowest level since November 2010, Radio Sweden reports.

According to figures released by Statistics Sweden on Tuesday, 20,8% of Swedes were categorically against EU membership; the last survey in May showed  23,6% of respondents opposed EU membership. However, that does not mean Euroscepticism is a minority.

28,9% of respondents on Tuesday and only a narrow majority of 50,3% were clearly in favour of EU membership.

What is clear is that the Euro is unpopular. If a referendum took place posing the question of whether or not Sweden should join the single currency, 72% of respondents would vote “no.”

Speaking to Swedish Radio, a researcher of the Swedish Institute for European Studies, Göran von Sydow, suggests that Brexit galvanized support for the EU rather than leading to a “domino effect.”

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