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Swedes falling out of love with monarchy

AFP/The Local · 19 Jun 2010, 06:59

Published: 19 Jun 2010 06:59 GMT+02:00

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Since 1996, the number of Swedes who consider the monarchy a good thing has dropped from 70 percent to 46 percent, the FSI poll published in the Dagens Nyheter daily showed.

At the same time, the number of Swedes saying they think the monarchy is a bad thing has soared from just 10 percent 15 years ago to 25 percent today, according to the poll of 1,800 people aged 18 to 79 conducted in March and April.

The royal family itself has seen its support dwindle from 69 percent in 1996 to just 40 percent today, the same poll indicated, while the number of Swedes disliking the royals shot up from 13 percent to 28 percent.

"It is probable that the increased scandal coverage in magazines and tabloids has led to the increase in negative attitudes," FSI opinion analyst Joachim Timander told Dagens Nyheter.

"That would explain why support for the royal family, that is mainly to say the family members themselves, is declining faster than support for the monarchy as an institution," he added.

Sweden's future queen, Crown Princess Victoria, 32, is to marry her former personal trainer, 36-year-old Daniel Westling, on Saturday in one of the largest public celebrations ever organised in Sweden.

Around 6,000 troops and 2,000 police will patrol the streets and secure the 6.8-kilometre processional route through Stockholm city centre following the ceremony as tens of thousands of Swedes and foreigners look on.

A wedding banquet will follow at the royal palace, with around 500 guests including many of the world's royals, from Jordan's King Abdullah to Japan's heir to the throne and a slew of Scandinavian majesties.

But the royal fever predicted in the run-up to the wedding has only partially happened, and the blanket coverage also appears to have fueled anti-monarchy sentiments.

Sweden's Republican Association says its membership has more than doubled to more than 6,000 since the couple's engagement was announced in February 2009.

"There is a risk of oversaturation of all the scandal and party reporting," Timander said.

Sweden's royal family has for the most part avoided the large scandals that have plagued other European monarchies, but they have not been spared regular humiliation and finger-pointing in the tabloids.

Victoria's younger sister Madeleine has just returned to Sweden after exiling herself abroad for weeks following a difficult break-up with her fiancé Jonas Bergström after he reportedly cheated on her.

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Their brother Prince Carl Philip made headlines for leaving his girlfriend of nine years for a reality TV star, while German Brazilian-born Queen Silvia has finally been pressured to acknowledge her father's Nazi past.

Victoria herself is widely respected and admired for her easy-going and down-to-earth style and rarely sparks controversy.

She caused a stir, however, when she decided to allow her father King Carl XVI Gustaf to walk her down the aisle and give her away to the waiting groom, unusual in gender-conscious Sweden where couples generally walk to the altar together.

A separate poll published in the Svenska Dagbladet daily on Friday however showed that 70 percent of Swedes think Victoria was right to push through her wishes.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:40 June 19, 2010 by Jes
Haha !!!!

700 international journalist ; 1300 local journalists , millions following the wedding on TV ; thousands of police officers on the streets - - - all about Sweden arranging the largest public cerebration in its history -------- but the polls say what ?????

Where is the logic here ?

Why on earth should a people cerebrate something they Have " fallen out of love " with ?

Of course the monarcy is very good
11:15 June 19, 2010 by amuharun
Swedes are tired on same system, they always want something new. They even want to change welfare state to different model (moderate system). Swede Monarchy is world renowned. Now we want to abolish this traditional Monarchy to a US type of Presidential system. Welfare system is criticized by our PM in his book The Sleeping Nation. So we will see slowly how a welfare state turn into a capitalist state.

In every change there is always some negative and positive side. In our case sick and unemployed will suffer.People with good health and good stabilize job will get no bad effect. So someday our own traditional welfare system and Monarchy model will live as a history in the museum.
19:53 June 19, 2010 by arslan11
Swedish soldiers coming back injured and handicap don't get stipend as they fail to register to local tax office.

Madeleine broke-up with fiance' and went to US.. who paid?? Swedish tax payers..

This Monarchy is parasite sucking money of hard working people.
21:09 June 19, 2010 by diegoveggie
'royal wedding', tax money at work
23:40 June 19, 2010 by ppk
Arsian11, Monarchy cost a lot less than a presidential regime. See for exemple Sarkosy. Each of his days cost what could cost this wedding.

Two or three $ millions, it's very cheap. Only for the security, G20 in Toronto, next week, will cost one billion !!!
00:54 June 20, 2010 by Larry Thrash
Publishing this article by the anti-monarch press on the day of the Royal Wedding is just tacky, low class "journalism". Polls say what the press wants them to say.

The Monarchy is cheap compared with most of the free loading welfare "parasites sucking money of hard working people".

If you want want to know what is expensive is you can have President Obama. President Obama makes Louis XIV look like a miser.
00:55 June 20, 2010 by bheatrix
It's obvious a lie created by socialist media, the lie burst today with 500 000 ppl on the streets of stockholm to celebrate.
01:37 June 20, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
@Larry Thrash

You hit the nail on the head in regards to the Obama court. He just loves to give tax payer money away to big corporations, auto industry, oh and lets no forget the big banks here. Why between and the exBush this country is in real deep trouble. They don't give a damn that families have lost their homes, children are shuffled around just so they have a place to sleep with what ever relative will take them in, that they cut the benefits for the poor and seniors here because they have run out of money yet they can all go on really expensive vacations. The list could go on and on, but I won't. Your king in Sweden is cheap compared to the presidents here in America. Why the idiots that run for office spend tens of millions on one campaign and that is taxpayer money. And what is left over in the coffers of taxpayer money, the idiots steal the money and use it for their own personal use. Give me you King Carl anyday. He is a lot cheap to support then the idiots here and we have hundreds of them(Congress).
07:58 June 20, 2010 by locaxy
A president is elected. The PEOPLE choose him/her.

And don't you dare compare the wealth of the USA to Sweden.

The monarchy is an obsolete institution with roots in feodal times. It's 2010 for heaven's sake!
10:57 June 20, 2010 by Celc
@locaxy - Bush v Gore.
11:49 June 20, 2010 by Uggla
This wedding makes me sick to my stomach, what a waste of money after all these cut backs and job losses.
20:29 June 20, 2010 by glamelixir



You are not alone, I totally feel the sam.

@ Sherian Elizabeth

Been reading your posts in other threads related to the wedding. You are not Swedish right? and you don't live in Sweden right?

I suggest you move to Sweden, find a job, pay your 35% taxes to support these clowns and then, by that, get the right to make a respectful comment.
00:21 June 21, 2010 by manrush
Once again, to all the ignorant or misniformed republicanists here:

What do socially liberal countries like the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway have in common with each other?

Take as much time as you need to figure out the answer.
01:02 June 21, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
'A Republic would hardly prove to be less expensive than the current monarchy.' - from 'The policy statement of the Swedish Republican Association' found :


So cost isn't the issue, even according to the Swedish Republicans.

Congratulations Swedish People on your 500,000 happy, peaceful people in the streets to celebrate your new Prince and the Royal Wedding.
06:59 June 21, 2010 by Da Goat
I guess you can have a well behaved king and his family or you can have a host of politicians draining the community pocket as mentioned above , not sure if the king breeds up as fast as politicians and also he is already set for life

if you change "the head" every few years then you have to set up many people.

one royal family is better than many non royal families, remember senior politicians are "cared for" for life too ! you can have real (you know what i mean) royalty or fake royalty multiplied!

I say get rid of the lot ..... except we can't for some strange reason!
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