Swedes don't want to join the euro – now or ever
TT/The Local · 24 May 2016, 08:23
Published: 24 May 2016 08:23 GMT+02:00
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Sixty-eight percent of Swedes are opposed to replacing the krona with the euro, a new Eurobarometer poll shows.
The survey was carried out in the seven countries that are not yet part of the single currency but have pledged to join at some point. These are: Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Sweden.
The two other countries outside the eurozone, Denmark and the UK, have each secured exemptions and are not obliged to join, as Europaportalen reports.
Thirty percent of respondents in Sweden were “strongly against” adopting the euro. A further 38 percent were “rather against”. Only four percent were strongly in favour of introducing the euro.
Czechs were even more strongly opposed than Swedes, with 70 percent keen to give the euro a wide berth.
Poles also want to stay out, whereas Bulgarians, Croats, Hungarians and Romanians would prefer to scrap their domestic currencies. Support for the euro was strongest in Romania, where 66 percent of respondents favour the euro over the leu.
Despite their overall opposition, a majority of respondents in the seven countries polled said the euro had made a positive impact in the countries that had adopted it.
Even thought these countries are formally required to join, in practice the decision remains in national hands. And 55 percent of Swedes don’t think the euro will ever become their currency.