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Support for Swedish monarchy increases

TT/The Local/vt · 23 Nov 2010, 14:27

Published: 23 Nov 2010 14:27 GMT+01:00

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A Demoskop poll published in the Expressen daily on Tuesday showed that 69 percent of respondents said that Sweden should continue to be a monarchy. The survey questioned 1,381 Swedes from November 13th to 17th.

The result is an increase from the 63 percent support polled in the spring ahead of Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Prince Daniel on June 19th. The previous measurement was conducted on April 21st with 615 interviews.

On both occasions, respondents were asked, "Do you think that Sweden should continue to be a monarchy with a king or queen as head of state or should we become a republic with a president as head of state?"

The unofficial, tell-all biography "Carl XVI Gustaf - the reluctant monarch" ("Carl XVI Gustaf - Den motvillige monarken") went on sale on November 4th, providing details of wild parties and affairs with young women. It is the first book of its kind in Sweden.

Among the more lurid revelations in the book was an alleged year-long love affair with Swedish singer and model Camilla Henemark, born to a Nigerian father and a founding member of the band Army of Lovers.

Despite worries that the book would damage the royal family and confidence in the monarchy, it appears the opposite is the case, Expressen reported on Tuesday.

"There is no doubt that support for the royal family strengthened after the wedding. However, no wedding in the world could have saved the King and his popularity if it were not for him. The Swedish people's new record support says it in clear language: The King, you did it," Johan T Lindwall, the newspaper's court reporter concluded.

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Following the publication of the book, the Royal Court revealed that the King and the Royal Court will not sue Lind & Co., the publisher of the book.

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15:05 November 23, 2010 by Syftfel
Thank you for posting this story. Aside from the social dems, and especially their cadre of SSU pit bulls, Sweden likes its kingdom. May it continue in eternity. The social dems, and their confiscatory tax policies, would prefer a republic with their Party Leader as the head honcho, a la the good old DDR, and to continue what they consider to be their laughable "class warfare".
15:19 November 23, 2010 by Already in use
That question sounds funny to me: "Do you think that Sweden WILL... or SHOULD we." Is that a bug of the translation? Shouldn't it be "Should we... or ...?" or "Do you think.... or ...?"
15:48 November 23, 2010 by athleticmeagan
This was not a poll on the people's feelings towards the King. Sweden will forever want to keep their monarchy. They are proud to have royalty-the King could murder and the polls would not go down for the debate of monarchy over republic.
15:51 November 23, 2010 by double concerto
Yes, very lucky to still have that special rich treasure of a monarchy, envied and admired throughout the world. Just imagine Stockholm or London without a monarchy, it would only be half the place that it is, and the culture would be a lot poorer without it.
17:47 November 23, 2010 by lux.veritas
This news article is without purpose. The creation of polls for the purpose of spreading an idea is without foundation or purposeful use to almost everyone.

I have nothing against these human beings, but they hardly require exhaultation.

"Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards." - Robert Burton.
19:10 November 23, 2010 by diegoveggie
total gayness
20:41 November 23, 2010 by Toonie
Article and responses a real hoot.

@Dude79 "The Swedish people are getting what they deserve...dorks!

Naturally. But do you want expensive, harmless dorks as head of state, or expensive, dangerous dorks? In the UK the prospect of having someone like Blair (utterly discredited and intellectually moribund) as President is enough to deter anybody. We'd lose our sense of humour overnight.

"a founding member of the band Army of Lovers." Of course she was. The Swedish people deserved the biography - they'd sort of known all along.

"the Royal Court revealed that the King and the Royal Court will not sue Lind & Co., the publisher of the book." Pity, I'd have liked to read about that court case.

@Syftfel - "The social dems, and their confiscatory tax policies, would prefer a republic ... and to continue what they consider to be their laughable "class warfare".

You take the prize! Soc Dems and regressive, confiscatory tax policies and 'class warfare' is what you had for a very long term WITH A MONARCHY..

What a hoot. In the UK we now have our Wedding of Mass Distraction. Life without most people being distracted most of the time would be pretty unbearable.
23:02 November 23, 2010 by kingdavid
In my life I have many pressures and responsibilities. But the image of Madeleine Bernadotte makes me happy and puts peace in my heart-as Desiree must have done for Napoleon in the earlier part of his life. I believe some of these 69% that support the royal family see what I see. Although I haven't had the honor of meeting her, she is in New York and I am in Chicago (pretty close).
02:45 November 24, 2010 by anticommie
Meet the first welfare family, lead beggars of sweden.
03:05 November 24, 2010 by waffen
I support the Monarchy , I always have and I always will.
05:24 November 24, 2010 by mathdean77@yahoo.com
this is not scandinavia, or germany, its 2010, and its ugly
06:19 November 24, 2010 by engagebrain
Monarchy - very 21st century.
08:32 November 24, 2010 by Kevin Harris
With the Sweden Democrats on the rise, it's nice to know Sweden has an extra check against a slide into madness - 1933 Germany style. Unfortunately for Germany, and everyone else, there wasn't a Habsburg around to put a stop to it back then.

If there's the slightest chance a Bernadotte will step up at the right moment, as King Rama IX of Thailand has done several times, the family is cheap at twice the price.
10:33 November 24, 2010 by heroine
Seriously no point of having the monarchy in this 21st century...
12:18 November 24, 2010 by Rishonim
@The Local,

Was it really necessary to mention "she was born to a Nigerian father" Does it mean she is less of a person giving the fact she has Nigerian dad versus a Swedish one? It reads like something straight out of the Swedish democrats. Obviously it didn't matter that much to the King while he boning that asze
15:14 November 24, 2010 by KanarisBlog
I already heard every argument in the book from both monarchists and republicans. Some convincing and more valid than others but not to change my plan. I want to end this old dichotomy and prove that contradictory things can work better in reality. I only have preference of a monarchy for reasons such as an interest of mixed government, convenience, and better separation of powers. But that's only my opinion. I also love republicanism for its political structure, institution, and culture as well as citizen empowerment. This is the reason why I want a republican monarchy. How about (to quote a 1998 independent article) a republican monarchy? We keep the monarchy and secession would be the same (although will be gender blind), but instead of what being made of them currently changes an provisions should be made:

1. Only one residence which will also be the office of the monarch. No extras or other privileges.

2. The monarch will only be called King. Gender is irrelevant with the name. The spouse should be called the First spouse and no other title should be given other than that.

3. A stipend equal to what the average Swede makes a year. And only the monarch gets the stipend.

4. The monarch's duties should no longer be ceremonial drivel. But as the nation's top diplomatic official, a limited but definite check on the government (Bagehot's analysis on it intrigues me), and a force for the nation (something similar to Germany's president being the moral force), and maybe the nominal commander-in-chief of the armed forces which will remain under the control of the government.

5. Should be the first among equals and should be equal before the law (as any other citizen).

6. The monarch will be required not to involve his or her extended family in the performance of their duties. So the family of the monarch should live ordinary lives like any other citizen, including jobs like any other citizen.

7. Parliament should have the right to removal impeach the monarch for any reason by a 2/3 majority.

8. A constitution should be enshrined with the monarch sworn to uphold it in a normal ceremony.

You may not agree with this for whatever reason, but this is something I've been thinking about for the longest and just want to share it with you.
10:51 November 25, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
Being an American and having lived through decades of presidents (some of whom are idiots), I wish I could live in Sweden and have King Carl and his family represent me around the world. What do I have, a congress full of themselves and they all think that they are kings and queens and do a lousy job. Keep yopur king and queen. I think they are great for Sweden.
16:41 November 25, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
What the hell does it matter??? A good lot of swedes are sitting at home and living off the social service which is funded by tax money. So does the monarch!! No wonder, the monarchy is getting more support.

The heading of this article should have read:

Support for living off tax-payers money increase!
19:17 November 25, 2010 by Emmaboda
Long live the Royal family! They are a great asset to Sweden, just check out the amount of tourists that love to see the Royal Castle and surrounding areas of Stockholm. What the Swedes spend on the Royal family, is nothing compare to what those "poms" spend on their's back in United Kingdom.
05:20 November 27, 2010 by suckfist
But approval for the monarchy can change. Swedes grew quite tired of the Social Democrats' monarchy recently.
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