Almost 80% oppose a change in the law to speed up the process of joining the bloc, a DN/Ipsos poll has shown
An overwhelming majority of Swedes believe their country should not betray its legal principles to meet Turkey’s conditions for ratifying Stockholm’s NATO bid, according to a new Ipsos poll commissioned by Dagens Nyheter and released on Monday.
The survey showed that 79% of respondents think that their country should “stand up for Swedish laws” in the face of Turkey’s demands. This red line, they said, should not be crossed even “if it delays accession to NATO.”
Only 10% said that “Sweden should try to join NATO as soon as possible”, even if it means legal compromises, while 11% said they were not sure.
The survey shows only minor differences in opinion between different social groups. Men are said to be more open to compromise with Ankara than women, although they also tend to insist on protecting the country’s legal principles. When it comes to differences along political lines, those who vote for right-wing parties are more likely to agree to a give-and-take strategy.
Despite the delays in joining Nato, the survey found that as many as 60% of Swedes still want to be part of the US-led military bloc, with only 19% opposing Stockholm’s membership application.
The survey, which was conducted between 6 and 18 December, is based on 1,248 interviews with Swedish voters.
In June, NATO agreed to accept Sweden and Finland into the bloc, but their membership bids have yet to be ratified by all members of the alliance, with Hungary and Turkey’s approval still pending. Ankara has been reluctant to complete the accession process, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushing Sweden and Finland to do more to fight Kurdish “terrorism”, including extraditing people Türkiye accuses of having terrorist links.
In early December, Sweden reportedly made some progress in this regard, handing over a man to Türkiye who had been convicted in his home country of being a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Two weeks later, however, Sweden’s Supreme Court blocked the extradition of Bulent Kenes, a former editor-in-chief of Zaman Daily whom Ankara accused of being involved in an attempt to overthrow Erdogan in 2016.