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Princess Victoria turns 40 – and should we keep the monarchy?

Published fredag 14 juli kl 12.01
Zeinab Hassano: It's part of our Swedish tradition and culture.
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Princess Victoria on her birthday
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The Princess at birthday celebrations in Stockholm. Credit: Christine Olsson/TT
Cindy and Jacqueline on a bench in Karlaplan.
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Cindy (left) and Jacqueline (right) told Radio Sweden they were fans of the royal family. Credit: Phelan Chatterjee/Radio Sweden
Hiley in Karlaplan
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Hiley thought the monarchy is undemocratic, but that it should stay. Credit: Phelan Chatterjee/Radio Sweden
A Finnish man in Karlaplan
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Huuso, from Finland, was excited about the birthday celebrations. Credit: Phelan Chatterjee/Radio Sweden

It's Princess Victoria's 40th birthday today. Radio Sweden took to the streets of Stockholm to find out what people thought about her birthday and their views on the monarchy.

Born in 1977, Victoria is the Swedish King and Queen's first-born child, meaning she is next in line to the throne. 

Zeinab Hassano said that overall, she likes the monarchy.

"It's part of Swedish culture, it's part of our tradition, it's good for the tourism industry," she said.

Aza Cheragwandi, president of the Young Republicans, is not so keen on the monarchy in Sweden.

We claim to be very proud of our open democratic society. We keep telling our kids that you can be anything in this country. It's all about what you want to do and how you wish to live your life."

"Except when it comes to the head of state. The highest political position we have in this country we choose to give to those born with a certain last name. I think that's ridiculous," he said.

Others did not have as strong opinions, and wished the Princess many happy returns of the day.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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