More Swedes in Favor of Joining NATO: Poll

Major increase in Swedish support for NATO membership, from 23% to 32%

From Local (Sweden):  The Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reported on Thursday that support for potential membership of the military alliance has increased.

Thirty-two percent of survey respondents stated that they were in favour of Sweden joining Nato. Two years ago, that number was 23 percent.

The proportion of Swedes who firmly want to stay out of Nato has gone down in the same period. The new poll showed that two in five Swedes say no to joining, down from 2011 when half of Swedes had the same attitude. . . .

He [Ulf Bjereld] said that debate in recent months about Sweden’s military capacity had likely stirred Swedes’ thoughts about Nato. The Armed Forces’ ability to defend Sweden if it came under attack has been under scrutiny since Supreme Commander Sverker Göransson in January said Sweden could hold out for maximum one week.  (photo: NATO)

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