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Most Swedes want king to step down: poll

AFP/The Local · 25 Dec 2010, 11:24

Published: 25 Dec 2010 11:24 GMT+01:00

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Sixty-three percent of those surveyed by the Aftonbladet newspaper said they would like to see the king make way for the 33-year-old princess within the next 10 years. Only 30 percent said he should reign until his death, while the remaining seven percent did not offer an opinion.

The poll comes after the recent publication of a tell-all biography of the king which included details of his affairs with a string of younger women, including Camilla Henemark, lead singer with pop group Army of Lovers.

Other members of the Swedish royal family have also found themselves the target of lurid tabloid reporting in recent months, including Prince Carl Philip who has been romantically linked to a reality TV star.


Princess Madeleine, the younger daughter of King Carl and Queen Silvia, broke off her engagement with her long-time boyfriend in April after it emerged that her fiancée had had an affair with a Norwegian handball player.

Her older sister Victoria, who married her former fitness instructor in the summer, is the most popular member of the royal family, according to the poll.

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The monarchy as an institution, however, remains popular with 74 percent of those surveyed supporting its continuation.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:38 December 25, 2010 by dizzy09
they should get a job...I mean a real job not living off tax payers.
15:14 December 25, 2010 by lingmin
i do agree with you dizzy09
16:29 December 25, 2010 by ionut
I think Sweden is living in the stone edge.As England.I never heard of word commoner before visiting UK.How can you preach equal rights between men and women as long as you have a king:).Does he live in a castle surrounded by crocodiles?Does he ride a white horse?Is he a relative of Santa Claus?Daamn and you think arabs are primitive.I guess we are not too far from monkeys after all.Monkeys with an attitude.
17:59 December 25, 2010 by locaxy
Diderot wrote that "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

Divine right monarchies have no business existing in the modern world. They perpetuate an obsolete order.
18:07 December 25, 2010 by procrustes
Swedes want a Monarch, so not being a Swedish citizen I will keep my mouth shut on that topic--it's their country to do with as they wish.

After Victoria's wedding I asked my wife how long she thought it would be before extremist feminists began a crusade for the King's abdication. She laughed and said she hadn't thought about it, but probably not long.

She was right--not long. I'm convinced the scandal books about the King and Queen were all set up ahead of time for the express purpose of crowning Victoria. First the books, press about the books, and now polls to put pressure on. The king should give them a finger salute and life his life as he wishes. A real journalist should dig into that story. Are there any in Sweden?
18:23 December 25, 2010 by maxbrando
The fact is that almost all people want a ruler of some sort on whom they can deposit all of their fantasies and desires. Whether King, Queen, dictator of left or of the right, and even a President. John F. Kennedy became a "royal" President because the public wanted it and created it. Europe crowned Barrack Obama a royal kink even before the election, and even though Europe has no say in who becomes President in America. (You all wish you did, but this will never happen. You are not deserving of Democracy.

King Karl Gustav is a wonderful King and Sweden should feel lucky to have him. His indescretions are not unusual for anyone in Sweden, much less royalty. Was it Gustav Vasa who fathered 79 bastard children? One of them anyway. But without royalty there would be not one good reason to visit England or any country with a monarch.

Swedes (mostly women) want Victoria because she has fairy-tale beauty and it would be good for tabloid sales which women are so fond of reading -everywhere. Intellectually, she is a dumb female in the mold of Jackie Kennedy.
18:47 December 25, 2010 by wxman
"Most Swedes want king to step down." Fortunately for the king, "most Swedes" don't have diddly squat to say about it, one way or the other. It's good to be king!
20:49 December 25, 2010 by Larry Thrash
We should replace monarchs with dictators like Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin, Chairman Mao, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mugabe, Adolf Hitler, after all they were elected? What a wonderland Europe could be.

By-the-way, "most Swedes" means the press.
23:04 December 25, 2010 by maxbrando
To: Thrash

Even if you do not like them, the people did elect them originally. They wanted royalty after a sort - and boy, did they get it! Are you saying Sweden needs one like them?
01:23 December 26, 2010 by Just_Kidding
King of Sweden has done a good job in his career and I think he was and still is a great symbol for Sweden and it would be offensive to change him just due to wishes and whims of journalists and feminists.

In my humble opinion, ladies who are interested in seeing more women in power, should start new companies, take MBA courses, work harder in their current jobs and attend more engineering courses instead of English and Swedish literature. AND NO, political power does not come from inviting Julian Assange to your apartment and then suing him.
02:46 December 26, 2010 by Larry Thrash

You are correct they were elected by the people (many were the only candidate allowed on the ballot). Sweden does have a democracy. The monarch is only a tradition and it's a good tradition. I have visited Sweden 10 times to enjoy your traditions.

No one should have to live in a hell hole country, where the people have no real freedoms.

It seems that Europeans criticize America and Americans, we criticize Europe but we rarely criticize the real troubled areas of the world. We are free and we should be pointing our finger at the real human oppressor nations.
03:56 December 26, 2010 by locaxy
@maxbrando: "But without royalty there would be not one good reason to visit England or any country with a monarch."

Forget landscape, architecture, cuisine, visual arts, night life, and the people. What people want to see is some geezers with funny hats. What is wrong with you???

That's the dumbest statement of the day!
04:58 December 26, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
The natives Swedish of Sweden if you are still naive and take things for granted then I really worry for the future of Sweden as a country of openness and with the

latest terrorist act committed by a Swedish immigrant.Be very careful and the

Swedish Government must be security conscious at all time and not be too petty about that racist problem.As for the King,he and the Royal Instituition is the real

symbol of Unity to Sweden for now and for the future.
05:09 December 26, 2010 by JoeSwede
It is good to be King!!!!

The article makes a good point...maybe in the next 10 years.
13:42 December 26, 2010 by Syftfel
This is a damned lie, and nothing more than an attembt by marxists, socialists, anarchists and other assorted useless riff-raff on the liberal left to subliminallly send a message that the monarchy should be abolished. No decent Swede wants the King to abdicate. He should remain the King of this great Christian Nordic nation, in accordance with the the Swedish constitution, until God decides differently. If the King abdicates it would lead to even further degradation of Swedish society than the social dems have already succeeded in. Do not listen to the false and misleading invective of socialist journalists. In fact, the King should be given greater constitutional powers, in my opinion, than he currently enjoys. Swedes should be greatful for living in a Monarchy!
15:25 December 26, 2010 by johnny1939
Long Live the King!!
15:29 December 26, 2010 by freepress

According to the Swedish group Rublikanska förneing, "one serious restriction of the Swedish democracy still remains, a historical remainder unacceptable to any modern democratic society - the monarchy... The individuals who are born into the royal family and possess the right to the thrown are denied the foundational right to govern their own lives..."

"Vi i Republikanska Föreningen tycker att monarki är ett förlegat och odemokratiskt system. Vi vill i stället införa republik i Sverige, så att vårt land blir en demokrati fullt ut..."
18:09 December 26, 2010 by Aigulle Delaz
I think the point that has been missed is a huge sleight of hand took place in Sweden stemming from the times of Axel Oxenstierna and the totalitarian control of Sweden by Kings gradually transferring to Executive govt which has behaved with impunity using the Riksdag as a front for its accelerating of Sweden's final steps towards a utopianist Nirvana reminiscent of the Pagan Past supposed 'Glory days' along with mother nature. How this relates to this is the want by the Govt to coordinate and condition the everyday Swede in their opinions to behave like automatons though all organs of the state and through whatever is left of what could be called a Civil Society As if Sweden is a Socialist totalitarian country by deciet. To better explain my point, I recommend Aldous Huxley Brave New World and Robert Hulford's precise and solid insight into Sweden called The New Totalitarians.
18:22 December 26, 2010 by Aigulle Delaz
Also what Syfttel has said is quite correct. Sweden was severely hampered by Social Democrat rule which even though brought a rise in living standards negatively took away people's private domain and desire for personal want and discovery and made the everyday person a prisoner of the state through the welfare state where you are now ' a ward' of the state from birth until death. The only body stopping this even though his powers were severely nulified and now makes him look more like nothing but a puppet is the King of Sweden. You only need look at the Regerinsformen 1974 and the amendment to the act of succession a couple of years later to see that the forces that be in Sweden within the Executive governing elite have long seen to it that the Monarchy after been nullified enough can be forcefully abdicated and then Sweden can finally be seized like Russia was back in 1917 into a Marxist Utopianist Nirvana.
19:50 December 26, 2010 by maxbrando

"Forget landscape, architecture, cuisine, visual arts, night life, and the people. What people want to see is some geezers with funny hats. What is wrong with you???"

If it was not for royals and royalty there would be nothing to see. The only green spaces in London, are the palaces, royal parks, etc. England for English cuisine! Hah. Art, of course, reached its zenith under royal tutelage and patronage. If you look in the Hermitage and the Kremlin armory, you will see that almost all of it comes from non-Russian artists. The Imperial family knew beauty when it saw it. The same for the Sanish and Italians. The Pope is a special kind of royaly in himself. What would the art world be like today without it and its magnifgicent art, churches, abbeys, etc that were created b7y its order and patronage. I am not the idiot , and there is nothing wrong with me. You are merely blind.
07:57 December 27, 2010 by Mad Mac
We should be very careful about poll results - samples, questions etc are very easy to slant to get the result that the organisation commissioning the poll wanted.

Two thirds of Swedes want the king to abdicate? I doubt it, somehow. Two thirds of those questioned, maybe.

And what was Aftonbladet trying to achieve. anyway? They're not part of the Newscorp empire, are they? Rupert Murdoch is notorious for his puppeteering attempts to interfere in the affairs of other countries. Or is it that they are trying to line themselves up for a Newscorp takeover?
17:36 December 27, 2010 by vms
If Vicky takes over does that health club guy get promoted too?
23:55 December 27, 2010 by Njal
A Kingdom needs a King.
05:16 December 28, 2010 by blursd
I think Carl Gustav has taken a cue from Elizabeth II, and has superglued the crown to his head ...
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