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King's popularity at a record low

Published tisdag 24 april 2012 kl 18.14
The Swedish King. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix.

Support for the Swedish monarchy has sunk dramatically since 2010. Public confidence in the King is at an all time low but according to the SOM Institute survey on behalf of Gothenburg University, Crown Princess Victoria still enjoys the backing of the Swedish public.

Revelations in a book that the King is a playboy who has had extramarital affairs, attended sex parties and visited strip clubs, is said to be the reason behind the fall in support.

The tell-all book "Carl XVI Gustaf - The Reluctant Monarch" was written by Thomas Sjöberg, Deanne Rauscher and Tove Meyer, and was released in November 2010.

The Swedish King, who has denied all allegations in the book, has also been accused of using his friend, Anders Lettsröm, to try and stop the revelations contained in the book.

The King has denied any knowledge of his friend's contact with criminals and the Royal Court has refused to comment further on the matter.

"It was the institution which lowered most (in trust) between 2010 and 2011," says Lennart Nilsson, researcher at the SOM Institute, which carried out the survey in 2011.

When the institute began measuring support for the Royal Court in 1995, the monarchy was top along with other institutions which enjoy high public confidence such as healthcare, the police and universities.

Now the monarchy has the same level of low public confidence as the banking industry, reports Swedish radio News.

The survey suggests that 34 percent of those questioned have confidence or high confidence in the royal family, 30 percent have less confidence and the remainder has little or no confidence.

The Institute also compared the Swedish Royal Court's popularity with other royal houses in Europe and found that Crown Princess Victoria, who recently gave birth to her first child, is held in the most affection.

The King today gave an audience to China's premier Wen Jiabao who is on a two-day visit to Sweden

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