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Polaris of Enlightenment

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Polaris of Enlightenment

Strong support for the Swedish monarchy

Published 20 May 2023
- By Editorial Staff
The Bernadotte family.

A majority of Swedes want to keep the monarchy and only just over one in ten would prefer Sweden to become a republic with an elected president.

According to a survey by the SOM Institute, support for the Swedish royal family remains stable and King Carl XVI and Crown Princess Victoria are popular with the public.

“Of all the public figures whose popularity has been measured in the national SOM surveys since 1986, none has so far been as popular as Sweden’s Crown Princess” it is noted in the survey.

54% of the population want to keep the monarchy, 20% want to abolish it and 26% have no clear opinion on the matter.

Interest in abolishing the monarchy and instead introducing a republic with a president is also very weak, with only 11% of Swedes saying they would like to change their system of government – the lowest figure in over 20 years.

“Even those who believe that the monarchy should be abolished have a generally positive image of the Crown Princess, which must provide good conditions for a future accession to the throne”, comments Ulrika Andersson, researcher at the SOM Institute and responsible for the study.

It can also be noted that support for the monarchy varies greatly depending on the respondents’ party sympathies.

Among the sympathizers of the centre-right parties, a majority have great confidence in the royal family – and for voters of the Christian Democrats, support is as high as 62%. However, the Left Party’s voters are not nearly as fond of the monarchy and only 17% of their voters say they have great confidence in the royal family.

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