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Most Swedes favour new vote on the euro

A majority of Swedes, 51 percent, are in favour of holding another referendum on whether or not Sweden should exchange the krona for the common European currency.

Most Swedes favour new vote on the euro
Stephen Finn; Miroslav S.

Support for a new referendum on the euro is equally strong among both men and women, with the greatest level of support, 56 percent, coming from the 16- to 29-year-old age group.

The figures come from a study carried out by the Novus Opinion survey company at the behest of the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet). The results are published in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

“It would be good for Sweden to join euro-area and a new referendum ought to be held as soon as possible,” writes Liberal Party secretary Erik Ullenhag in DN.

“It’s time to listen to the Swedish people and let the question of the euro be asked again.”

Support for a new referendum is spread across the entire political spectrum, even among Social Democratic voters.

Three of four respondents said that a referendum on adopting the euro should be held within the next two years.

The study, which was carried out between May 5th and May 12th, asked respondents, “Do you think that a new referendum on whether Sweden should adopt the euro ought to be held or not?”

Sweden last voted on whether or not to exchange the krona for the euro in 2003, with 56 percent voting to keep the krona, and 42 percent voting in favour of adopting the euro.

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FOOTBALL

Sweden sink Russia at women’s Euro

Captain Lotta Schelin and Stina Blackstenius powered Sweden to a 2-0 win over Russia at the women's Euro tournament in Deventer on Friday.

Sweden sink Russia at women's Euro
Sweden's Stina Blackstenius (L) vies with Russia's Elvira Ziyastinova during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football match between Sweden and Russia at Stadion De Adelaarshorst in Deventer on Friday. PHOT
Schelin scored Sweden's opening goal on 22 minutes, heading in a superb free-kick taken by Magdalena Ericsson.
 
Blackstenius made it 2-0 in the 51st minute as she picked up a poor goal kick by Russian keeper Tatiana Shcherbak, beat two defenders and fired a shot that Anna Kozhnikova only managed to deflect into the net off the post.
 
“Three points, two goals, that's good,” said Sweden coach Pia Sundhage. “I'm happpy about the result and parts of the performance, especially in the first half.”
 
Russia could have secured a quarter-final berth if they had won, following their surprising 2-1 win over Italy in the Group B opener.
 
But they never got close as Sweden put them under heavy pressure from the start with Kosovare Asllani's long-range shot smacking the crossbar on 10 minutes.
 
It took Russia half an hour to threaten up front, but Elena Danilova missed from long range.
 
At the other end, Schelin shot narrowly wide across goal and Linda Sembrant headed wide from a corner just before half-time.
 
Sweden continued to dominate in the second half but squandered their chances, with Sembrant heading against the post five minutes from the end.
 
“Sweden were very strong when it comes to set pieces, there were a lot of them and this was something that didn't allow us to play well,” said Russian coach Elena Fomina.
 
In the other Group B game, defending champions Germany edged Italy 2-1.