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Swedes want Victoria on the throne: poll

Published: 02 Jan 2013 07:57 GMT+01:00

The survey, carried out by researchers Sifo and the Aftonbladet newspaper, showed that 70 percent of Swedes were happy to keep the monarchy, however a majority of respondents wanted to see a change.

When asked if they wanted to see the king abdicate to make way for Crown Princess Victoria, 23 percent said "Yes, within ten years", 20 percent responded "Yes, within five years" and 17 percent said "Yes, as soon as possible".

"This is a truly high figure," said project leader Jon Andersson of Sifo to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

"It's really six in ten Swedes who want the king to leave his post early."

The king, who will celebrate 40 years on the throne in mid-September, suffered intense media scrutiny after his rumoured infidelities were detailed in a tell-all biography published in late 2010.

17 percent of people responded that their confidence in the king has dropped in the past year, while 79 percent claimed their level of trust has not changed.

"Even if the confidence in the king is lower, the trust in the monarchy is relatively stable and has been for a long time," explained statistician Henrik Oscarsson of the Gothenburg University to the paper.

The survey was carried out between the 10th and 13th of December, and 1,000 people were interviewed.

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Your comments about this article

15:47 January 2, 2013 by Flutterbye
Very interesting, here in the UK it is the exact opposite, I think most people dread the deimse of Queen Elizabeth and her son and that woman coming to the throne.
17:01 January 2, 2013 by VicTaulic
Christ. With a jaw like that?
21:57 January 2, 2013 by johan rebel
How about abolishing the whole muppet show, chins and all.

Or else make it a subscription service and let the royalty worshipping nutters foot the bill.
23:20 January 2, 2013 by jmclewis
Why do all these pervs want to see this Welfare Princess on the toilet.
15:14 January 3, 2013 by Morden
how about this for opinion.. NO CHANCE! i want to see the "royal court" flushed out as the parasite it is.
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