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Swedes wise up about EU citizenship

Swedes wise up about EU citizenship

Published: 28 Feb 2013 14:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Feb 2013 14:25 GMT+01:00

Swedes are more EU-friendly than the average member state citizen, and have also taken the time to learn more about what EU citizenship actually entails, a new survey shows.

A total of 76 percent of Swedes believe that the free movement of people within the EU benefits the Swedish economy, compared to an average of 67 percent of citizens across the 27-country bloc.

Residents of the UK and Cyprus were among the most EU-sceptic, with only 52 and 51 percent, respectively, agreeing that there were economic benefits to EU membership.

Romanians, meanwhile, had the most favourable views, with 88 percent agreeing that that EU membership had brought economic benefits to their country.

The findings come from the latest Eurobarometer survey, which examined how familiar Europeans are with their status as European citizens and their understanding of the rights that come with EU citizenship.

Swedes were also among the best informed about EU citizenship, with 85 percent aware that becoming a citizen of the EU isn't something one must ask for, compared to an EU average of 78 percent. Only the Czech Republic registered a higher result, with 87 percent.

The survey also found that Swedes have showed a marked improvement in their knowledge about EU citizenship in the last decade, while levels of understanding across most countries remained relatively flat.

In 2002, only 78 percent of Swedes were aware of the fact that they were both citizens of the EU and of Sweden. By 2012, the figure had climbed to 90 percent, slightly higher than the EU average of 89 percent, according to the Eurobarometer findings.

Since 2002, Swedes have also shown a substantial increase, 25 percent, in the percentage of respondents claiming they feel more informed about their rights as EU citizens.

The results of the Eurobarometer survey are based on interview with 1,029 people carried out in November 2012.

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16:49 February 28, 2013 by JulieLou40
They'd have to be pretty thick not to realise they were EU citizens, surely...
23:49 March 1, 2013 by theobserver
The only reason that Swedes are EU friendly is because they are hoping they will be able to buy beer at the same prices as the rest of Europe and not get ripped off (like in every other aspect) by the government.
02:23 March 2, 2013 by Kronaboy
Of course the Swedes love the EU, they have been exporting their unemployed by the thousands to countries like the UK while blatantly discriminating against the few UK nationals who migrate to Sweden???
19:06 March 2, 2013 by oddsock
Pity that the Swedish bureaucracy doesn't treat EU citizens living in Sweden as equals.

I have lived in four EU countries and this is the only one where my EU passport is not accepted as a fully valid form of identificaiton.
01:04 March 3, 2013 by Kronaboy
@oddsock

That is because the Swedish Government is trying to leave you in a state of limbo; if it accepts your passport (as is the case in the UK) then it has to give you equal status to Swedish nationals (which will cost mycket SEK), if it formally refuses your application then you have an absolute right to appeal their decisions all the way to the ECJ (which will cost even more mycet SEK).
07:11 March 25, 2013 by robban70226
@theobserver

You hitted the nail in the head!!! We still waiting...
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