Swedes Most Satisfied Europeans
According to a new survey, Swedes are the most satisfied of the European Union’s citizens, but they are also divided in their opinions about the EU itself.
Conducted in September and October, the annual Eurobarometer reflects opinion in the 25 member countries.
Ninety-eight percent of Swedes say they are satisfied with their lives, the highest figure in the EU, and well above the 82 percent average.
A majority of Swedes say they favor common EU foreign and defence policies, but to a greater extent than other member countries they say they prefer their own parliament to make decisions, rather than Brussels.
The number of Swedes with a negative opinion of the EU has increased by 7 points to 26 percent.
Turning to social issues, Sweden remains one of the EU countries most in favor of same sex marriage, at 71 percent, second only to the Netherlands at 82 percent, and well above the 44 percent average for the entire union.