A survey, carried out by pollster Ipsos on behalf of the newspaper Dagens Nyheter in May, showed that Swedes are rather pessimistic about the future of the EU, with 51 percent thinking it is headed in the wrong direction. The survey mirrored the Swedish public's dissatisfaction with the EU's ham-handed treatment of the refugee crisis and frustration with too much power is being transferred from member states and vested in Brussels.VoteWatch Europe identified Sweden and Denmark as the UK's closes allies, with Stockholm and London voting in synch 89 percent of the time.
"If the British leave, Euroscepticism in Sweden will grow. I'm worried we'll end up in a Swexit debate," political commentator and Moderate Party politician Ulrica Schenström told news outlet The Local in April.
A poll, conducted by pollster TNS Sifo on behalf of Swedish broadcasting network SVT, also revealed Swedes' growing disenchantment with the EU. In April, 39 percent of the Swedes thought the EU was beneficial, whereas 21 percent argued it was bad for the country. In contrast, 59 percent of the respondents accepted Swedish membership.
"We do not want to be subordinate to a union. We are a free people. But this does not mean that we cannot cooperate and trade with other countries," Bodil Eriksdotter of the EU-skeptical movement 'No to EU' told Swedish broadcasting network SVT.
So far, the majority of Swedes have remained loyal to the EU, figures from Statistics Sweden show. However, the level of support fluctuates greatly in different parts of the country. In Stockholm, where 6 out of 10 are for the EU, support is strongest, while in northern Sweden, four out ten favor the EU.