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Swedes’ opposition to the EU at a six year low

Published tisdag 6 december 2016 kl 16.01
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The proportion of Swedes against the country’s EU membership has declined to its lowest level since November 2010, according to figures released by Statistics Sweden on Tuesday.

The figures showed 20.8 per cent of those polled were against EU membership, while 50.3 per cent said they were mainly for Sweden’s current position in the union. A further 28.9 per cent said they did not have an opinion.

Statistics Sweden releases poll data about EU membership every six months. In May, opposition to the EU was 23.6 per cent.

Göran von Sydow of the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies said it was tempting to believe the decline in opposition was due to Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

“Rather than a domino effect, we can see an increasing support for the EU and a declining resistance,” Sydow told Swedish Radio.

There was variation between member states, he added, and that support or opposition may be down to other factors too.

While a majority want to maintain membership of the union, 72 per cent said they would vote no if there was a referendum on whether to change currency to the euro.

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