Swedes increasingly keen on euro while Danish support down

  • 2002-10-31

Support for the euro is on the rise in Sweden and falling in Denmark, though people in both countries appear to be strongly in favor of adopting the new currency, according to recent poll.

In Sweden, 57 percent of those questioned said they would either say "yes" or "probably yes" if a referendum on adopting the single European currency were held today, while 38 percent said they would say "no" or "probably no."

The gap between the two camps in the Oct. 24 poll has widened in the past month, to 19 percent from 14 percent in September.

In Denmark meanwhile, the gap is larger than in Sweden but is shrinking.

A total of 63 percent of Danes are in favor of using the euro while 35 percent are against the idea. The difference between the two camps has decreased to 28 percent from 34 percent in September.

According to the poll, commissioned by the biggest Danish bank, Den Danske Bank, uncertainty over the euro appears to plague Swedes more than Danes.

The number of Swedes who said "probably yes" was 26 percent, compared with 8 percent of Danes, while 13 percent of Swedes answered "probably no" compared with only 3 percent of Danes.

Sweden, Denmark and Britain are the only European Union members to remain outside the 12-nation single-currency zone.

In a September 2000 referendum, 53 percent of Danes voted against joining the euro zone, and a second vote has not yet been scheduled.

Sweden plans to hold a referendum in 2003; no date has been set.