For the first time an opinion poll shows more Swedes in favour of adopting the euro currency than those opposed. SR International – Radio Sweden reports that 47 per cent would now vote “Yes”, while 45 per cent would vote “No”: Swedes In Favour Of Euro (19 April 2009).
In the 2003 referendum 56 per cent voted against and 42 per cent for euro adoption.
The shift in opinion has become more marked during the economic downturn, which has seen the Swedish Crown lose in value.
The Swedish Liberal Party has actively pushed for Sweden to join the Eurozone, while other parties have ranged between outright hostility to a wait and see attitude.
Legally Sweden has an obligation to adopt the euro, since it has no opt-out in place or in the Lisbon Treaty.