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Swedish euroscepticism at record high: poll

AFP/The Local · 6 Dec 2011, 11:58

Published: 06 Dec 2011 11:58 GMT+01:00

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A total of 87.6 percent of the 1,000 people questioned said they wanted to keep the krona while only 9.7 percent wanted to adopt the euro and 2.7 percent were undecided, the Skop polling institute said.

"Swedish confidence in the euro has never been as low as in Skop's November survey" conducted from October 28 to November 20, the institute said.

"Support for the euro has been in a downward trend the past two years," Skop analyst Oerjan Hultaaker said, noting that "the question is now whether the euro has become a totally impossible political project in Sweden forever."

"Something dramatic must happen for Swedes to say 'yes' to the euro in the future. It probably won't be enough for it to become a stable currency again," he said.

Sweden, a country of about nine million inhabitants, has been a European Union member since 1995 but rejected joining the eurozone in a referendum in September 2003.

Unlike Denmark and Britain however, Sweden has not negotiated any opt-outs enabling it to formally remain outside the eurozone.

And while Swedes appear happy to keep their krona, an editorialist in paper of reference Dagens Nyheter suggested Tuesday that being a euro-outsider could pose problems.

Sweden "for the time being is sliding ever further from the centre of the (European) Union," Annika Ström Melin wrote.

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"Why would anyone listen to Sweden," she asked, noting that the country's "outsider status is self-imposed but nonetheless regrettable."

"Countries that are outside (the eurozone) can't really protest when those who share the same currency meet to discuss how to resolve the problems," she said.

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13:05 December 6, 2011 by Keith #5083
I was against the EU in the UK, but they still took us in without a vote.Now I am very much in favour of the EU - but not the Euro! The single currency legislation was not simply about currency, it has all sorts of other things attached - and many of those things cannot be even adhered to by some of the leading proponents of the Euro who have had a few years of trying.

Annika Strom Melin writes that Sweden has no say in how Eurozone problems are resolved.

What problems are these ASM? You mean the Euro currency has problems? You mean all the Eurozone partners cannot agree? You mean some partners in the Eurozone have broken their agreements about debt control, government spending, accurate accounts? I would think it is an admirable standpoint for the purpose of country 'credit ratings' to be 'sliding even further from the centre of the ' Eurozone! Good skis!

The EU was never about the loss of national identity which is, of course, most visible in language,currency and food.
13:13 December 6, 2011 by eltechno
In spite of the calamities facing the eurozone countries, someone at Dagens Nyheter thinks staying out of this mess poses a risk?

It is a TINY comfort to know that "elite" opinion in Sweden can be just as mind-numbingly stupid as any here in USA. It is much more comforting to know that nearly 90% of Swedish voters have better sense than our confused editorialist.
14:09 December 6, 2011 by jvtx3232
"Close to nine out of ten Swedes are keen to remain outside the eurozone and retain the krona...Support for the euro has been in a downward trend the past two years..."

This warms my heart.
14:21 December 6, 2011 by rohermoker
It warm's my heart as being of Swedish Grand parents that Sweden still wishes to remain a Nation in Eurpoe, rather than a state of Germany/France.
16:32 December 6, 2011 by the fonz
Why would anyone listen to Sweden," she asked, noting that the country's "outsider status is self-imposed but nonetheless regrettable

What a silly comment. Some people will never admit they were wrong.

Using this analogy - I ask you "who would listen to Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain ....? They are in the Euro, would you listen to them?
18:52 December 6, 2011 by Abe L
None of the countries that adopted the Euro have seen any improvements after the introduction of the new currency. The absolute single benefit it brings is that you do not have to exchange currency when you cross a border? Though this benefit is getting greatly out shadowed by people simply paying with credit cards and not bothering with currency exchange any longer.

I am very much against the Euro as it has only set back people's living standards in just about every country it was introduced. It's used as an excuse to increase prices on just about all products. As it is now, I'm also getting more and more opposed to the European Union as a whole. I sincerely hope the Euro will fall and take down the EU with it so there is room to create a new collaboration with only the rich and well faring countries in Europe.
19:05 December 6, 2011 by javiergrozas
Iam spanish citizen and my permanent address is in Madrid,I own a summer house in Sweden,I dont comment anything,although iam economist,because people like you dont listen to Spanish,Italian,Irish,Greece,,,,,,,etc.

I heard that kind of things before to someone ,around 1939 In Germany I think

Its better listen yourself only.
20:43 December 6, 2011 by BritVik
With so many different countries having just as many differing values, points of view, languages and views of nationalism, the euro was simply a pipe dream. And as such is giving smoke rings that disintegrate as smoke rings are wont to do.Thank heavens Sweden, Denmark and the UK have remained free of the monopoly money, especially now that there is talk of a 'Merkozy Treaty' to govern the EU finances and 'fine' countries not toeing the line. To me that's a laugh - fining a country that has poor finances for not doing the right thing - and thereby pushing that country even deeper into the mire.

Me - I like the sound of Pound, Krona, Krone - and many Germans and Finns long to once again hear Mark and Markka.

Has the euro helped anybody in truth? I doubt it very much.
20:52 December 6, 2011 by Dimukas
i don't understand. What is wrong to have a euros? and my salary is in euros?
21:00 December 6, 2011 by star10
According to the data, 9.7 percent of the Swedish population is dumb. Included in these segment of the society is Annika Ström Melin.
21:23 December 6, 2011 by rouzi
Ha ha ha! Never mind!

Have you ever heard or seen that swedes be agree with any type of change at all!?

I think the uncertainly avoidance score in Sweden is above 90%.
22:00 December 6, 2011 by Keith #5083
ASM suggests that no-one listens to Sweden. Hmmm.

History lesson 1: in the international financial crisis of recent years it was the SWEDISH model (as it came to be known) that a UK Finance minister and an American President used as the structure for stabilising and rebuilding their devastated economies!

History lesson 2: "In 2003, the largest economies in the eurozone, France and Germany, broke the rules" (Civitas EU facts)...it seems they don't listen to themselves either.

Maybe it's time ASM and others like her came back to the real world instead of dwelling in the virtual world of low euro finance. The Euro is and always was a betrayal of one of the founding principals of the EU,namely, the preservation of national identity and culture.

Oh, and were you listening ASM when the German Finance Minister had to announce that a 55billion Euro accounting error had been discovered in Germany? Talk about black pots and kettles!!!
05:21 December 7, 2011 by glamelixir
Wasn't there an article posted not long after the Moderaterna got back in power stating the opposite? The very will of the government to re think their situation regarding the Eurozone and join the Euro?

Fantastic. Good that you have been saved by the bell not for your brilliant business vision, but by pure luck!
08:41 December 7, 2011 by Liefje
Oh totally insane. In the last 8 months krona lost so much value against euro, my salary is down by some 300 euros per month. going out for holidays becomes more expensive. if they do not get euro at least they should do what Danes did and arrnage a fixed exchanged rate
09:10 December 7, 2011 by Keith #5083

Apart from a really bad 'dip' in March, the currency fluctuations have not been as volatile as, for example, FTSE100. So I guess you must be on a pretty high salary to be losing 300 a month.

I am puzzled though and perhaps you can help me? Do you mean that you live and work in Sweden and get paid in Euro, or what? Do you live in Sweden and work in Brussels, for example?

Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much about 'expensive EU holidays', from the looks of things everyone in the 'Eurozone' is so near to bankrupt they'll be paying you to visit. Try Greece, or Italy.
12:42 December 7, 2011 by philster61
On this I agree, Stay outside the Eurozone, but remain part of the EU
13:12 December 7, 2011 by Marc the Texan
The Euro is impoverishing Europe. If the Euro is saved, Europe will become a Franco-German superstate. The smaller Eurozone countries will be looked down upon as departments who are expected to do what they are told.
20:19 December 7, 2011 by godnatt
Time to end this failed experiment. One monetary policy for what are completely different economies makse zero sense and can't last when they inevitably diverge in needs and fiscal responsibility.

You can have free trade without a common currency.

The problem will be unwinding this mess.
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