‘Scrap conscription’ say Swedes

A majority of Swedes wish to abolish or fundamentally reform the country's system of conscription, a new poll shows.

Only fourteen percent of people asked by pollsters Sifo said they wanted the armed forces to continue to be organized as they are today.

The most popular alternative for reforming the army, navy and air force was to replace conscription with voluntary basic training. 42 percent supported this model. 23 percent favoured conscription for both men and women, as opposed to universal make conscription today. Fifteen percent said they wanted a fully professional army.

More women than men were in favour of making armed service voluntary – 51 percent of women compared to 34 percent of men. But only nine percent of women favoured a professional army, compared to 23 percent of men.

The poll, commissioned by Göteborgs-Posten, is based on phone interviews with 1,000 people.