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Trust in Swedish royals at all-time low: report

The Local/og · 25 Apr 2012, 07:27

Published: 25 Apr 2012 07:27 GMT+02:00

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The statistics, from the SOM institute in Gothenburg, western Sweden, show a significantly lower percentage of Swedes have been able to shake the ill-will that came following the plague of harrowing media scrutiny towards the family over the past year.

Currently, the percentage of Swedes who have confidence in the royal family is only 4 percent higher than the percentage of Swedes who don't have confidence in Sweden's royals.

The corresponding figure was 21 percent in 2010. When measurements began back in 1995, the percentage of Swedes who had faith in the royal family was 41 percent higher than the share of Swedes who didn't.

Some 20 percent of Swedes surveyed suggested that a republic would be a good idea, compared to just nine percent back in 1976, reported the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Since the publication of "Carl XVI Gustaf – den motvillige monarken" ('Carl XVI Gustaf – the reluctant monarch') in November 2010, a string of scandals has followed, as Sweden's major tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen have taken turns in publishing the latest unsavoury details.

Queen Silvia has also been confronted with claims that her father, Walther Sommerlath, had connections to the Nazi Party.

The book about the King detailed alleged strip club visits, affairs, and connections to the criminal underworld. Since the publication, images have surfaced of King Gustav visiting strip clubs, which later turned out to have been doctored.

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Meanwhile, the survey also showed that only 39 percent of Swedes were pleased with the work of the government in 2011, compared with 59 percent in 2010.

The study also revealed that 99 percent knew the name of the prime minister of Sweden, and that woman, on average, perform 28 hours of housework compared to the average man’s 20 hours.

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Your comments about this article

08:40 April 25, 2012 by adshasta
The fairytale continues...,
09:37 April 25, 2012 by BritVik
Aided and abetted by republican muck-raking journalists without a doubt.
10:43 April 25, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
'Trust in Swedish royals at an all time low'...? If true, why should the royals care?

Its a VERY small price to pay for such a pampered lifestyle

14:04 April 25, 2012 by AHA
I don´t think he ever wanted to be King so get of his back.

And why should the Qween answer to the alleged guilts of her father so get of her back too.
14:12 April 25, 2012 by NordicCrown
If he didn't ever want to be king he could always abdicate. Maybe then people wouldn't be so interested in the queen either.

Just a thought
17:01 April 25, 2012 by Larry Thrash
Maybe monarch haters would prefer a "Worker's Paradise" like North Korea. They don't have a monarch either. This turning one's back on one's own culture and tradition is disturbing. It's the result of several generations of "re-education" that has been carried out in government schools. Promoting demonization of one's forefathers in Western societies.

The good news. The anti-monarchy crowd is small. By-the-way Greece got rid of it's monarchy and traditions as well. How's that working out.
18:57 April 25, 2012 by martiancat
I do not see what we need to trust them with? They have no real powers. The only thing is tax money. Spend less and wisely and what else can you ask for?
19:20 April 25, 2012 by johan rebel
The most expensive Muppet show in Sweden.

Maybe the whole lot could be shipped off to Greece for free. A king fo Carl's limited intellectual ability would surely be a great improvement on the bunch of crooks that have been running . . . I mean ruining . . . the country since the day the Romans left.
00:09 April 26, 2012 by Zombie
Monarchy in 2012.

How ridiculous.

Bunch of leeches, all of them.
15:26 May 1, 2012 by BritVik
Simply the media giving air to their republican friends with left-wing ideals.

As to tradition, Sweden really only knows traditions that stem from last week !!
10:06 May 3, 2012 by Helge Krupski
For #1-9, King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf earned the distrust rightly!!! The names of political parties (republicans and etc.) - no matter (as a label of candy), the main thing - this the moral qualities of people, that bind or uncouple them. I heard from one employee Intelligence Service, they are angry at the King of Sweden, so they made ​​a video in a strip club - the King of Sweden have the incriminating documents on a group of hypnotists (psi-operators and psy-agents of secret services of Ukraine and Russia), but the King of Sweden was required them to work in his business... and be silent, that he paid money for "the apparatus installation techniques of hypnosis," which was on the ferry "Estonia". The conclusion, King of Sweden that tries to have power... (all comments - www.thelocal.se/40460/20120425/)
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