Swedes have mentally joined the European Union (2010:5epa)


Swedish public opinion on EU Affairs has undergone considerable changes since 1995 and Swedes are gradually becoming more positive to membership. According to the latest survey there is, for the first time since 1995, a majority of Swedes are in favour of membership in the European Union.

In collaboration with the SOM-institute at the University of Gothenburg, SIEPS annually presents an analysis of the public opinion on the European Union. These surveys are unique in that they ask questions regarding people’s perceptions of the consequences of EU membership for different policy areas. The latest survey shows that the fight against crime, the environment, employment and higher education and research are areas where citizens increasingly believe that EU membership has lead to improvements. These issues are therefore essential to the understanding of why the support for the EU increases.

The analysis in in Swedish but annex 1 with tables is in English. 

The analysis is part of the research project Swedish Public Opinion of the European Integration and was presented at the seminar Swedish Public Opinion on the European Union.

icon Nu har en majoritet svenskar mentalt gått med i EU (2010:5epa) (373.45 kB)

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Sören Holmberg is professor in Political Science at University of Gothenburg.