Most Swedes, Finns and Danes favour deeper Nordic co-operation over EU-membership

April 22nd, 2014

A TNS/Gallup poll published by the EUD April 2 2014 shows 50% of respondents in Finland and 49% in Sweden would vote for Nordic countries deepening co-operation (nordiskt förbund) in many policy areas and negotiating a trade agreement with the EU. A poll conducted in February by Danish think-tank Ny Agenda showed similar results (47%).

Fewer than one in three respondents would vote for EU-membership if the Nordic countries instead would establish a joint trade agreement with the EU and deeper co-operation among the Nordic countries in areas such as justice, environment, foreign- and trade policy. Given this choice only 31% in Finland and 28% in Sweden and Denmark would support EU membership.

Lave K. Broch, EUD Vice-President of the EUD and candidate for the EU-parliament on the People’s Movement against the EU list in Denmark said in reaction to the results:

“These polls show that there is broad public support for deeper Nordic cooperation and little support for EU-membership. Together with the United Kingdom the Nordic countries could demand that power from the EU must be transferred back to member states or even better the UK and Nordic countries could leave the EU and establish a EFTA trade agreement with the EU from outside the union. The fact that there exists no public support in the Nordic countries for deeper economic or political integration within the EU should be made clear to European leaders by governments in, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.”

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The poll data can be found here (FI/SE) and here (DK).

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