Most Swedes favour new vote on the euro

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

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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