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Swedes Split Over Olympic Boycott

Published onsdag 16 april 2008 kl 11.31

A little over half of Swedes are opposed to a political boycott of the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

A poll published on Wednesday in the daily Svenska Dagbladet newspaper suggests that 55 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed by pollsters Sifo last week said they were against a boycott while 31 percent said they wanted Sweden’s political leaders to snub the ceremony.

Only 11 percent of Swedes would prefer a boycott of the entire Games.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt who’s in Japan today completing the second leg of his tour of the Far East, after spending 5 days in China, said last week that Sweden had no plans to boycott the ceremony or the games.

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