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Swedes' opposition to euro hits record high

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Swedes' opposition to euro hits record high
17:37 CEST+02:00
Nearly two thirds of Swedes say they are against adoption of the euro, the highest figure since polling began, according to a new survey from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån - SCB).

If there had been a referendum on the euro in May 2011, 64 percent of Swedes would have voted against the euro while 24 percent would have voted in favour. 12 percent would have been undecided, according to a new poll from Statistics Sweden.

The number of those in favour of the eurozone has decreased in Sweden since November last year, while the number of Swedes who are against has increased.

However, the survey also shows that the majority of Swedes would have voted in favour of membership in the EU if there had been a referendum today.

52 percent said they would vote in favour, whereas 21 percent would have voted against and 27 percent were undecided, according to the survey.

Between November 2010 and May 2011 the number of those in favour of EU membership has decreased while the number against has increased.

When Sweden held a referendum on adopting the euro in September 2003, 55.9 percent voted against and 42 percent voted in favour.

When Sweden voted on EU membership in 1994, 52.3 percent were in favour and 46.8 percent of Swedes voted against.

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