2003 Swedish euro referendum
Do you think that Sweden should introduce the euro as currency?
Results by county
A non-binding referendum on introduction of the euro was held in Sweden on 14 September 2003. The majority voted not to adopt the euro, and thus Sweden decided in 2003 not to adopt the euro for the time being. Had they voted in favour, the plan was that Sweden would have adopted the euro on 1 January 2006.
The ballot text was "Do you think that Sweden should introduce the euro as currency?" (
Sweden joined the European Union in 1995 and its accession treaty has since obliged it to join the euro. However, one of the requirements for eurozone membership is two years' membership of ERM II, and Sweden has chosen not to join this mechanism and as a consequence tie its exchange rate to the euro ±2.25%. While there is government support for membership, all parties have pledged not to join without a referendum in favour of doing so.
The voter turnout was 82.6%, and the result was 55.9% against and 42.0% in favour.
See also: Swedish Election Authority
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