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(07/15/07) -

Swedes Ponder Retirement for Monarch

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Almost two-thirds of people in Sweden think King Carl XVI Gustaf should abdicate the throne when he turns 65, according to a poll by Demoskop published in Expressen. 64 per cent of respondents believe the monarch should retire at the same age every Swedish worker does.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Almost two-thirds of people in Sweden think King Carl XVI Gustaf should abdicate the throne when he turns 65, according to a poll by Demoskop published in Expressen. 64 per cent of respondents believe the monarch should retire at the same age every Swedish worker does.

The 61-year-old Carl XVI Gustaf became King in September 1973, upon the death of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf.

In January 1980, a change in Sweden’s Act of Succession came into effect and allowed for the eldest child of a monarch to inherit the throne regardless of gender. Crown princess Victoria became heir apparent, instead of her younger brother, Carl Philip.

On Jul. 5, crown princess Victoria said she is preparing herself to become a good monarch, claiming she will be “a person that listens and understands what people say.” Yesterday, in an interview conducted on the occasion of her 30th birthday, Victoria expressed concern over the effect of global warming and vowed to “continue to educate myself.”

In 1975, the last vestiges of the monarchy’s constitutional powers were transferred to the Swedish government. Still, as in a number of other European countries, the royal family retains its titles and performs ceremonial duties.

Polling Data

Do you think it would be good or bad for Sweden if Carl XVI Gustaf were to abdicate at the age of 65?

Good

64%

Bad

36%

Source: Demoskop / Expressen
Methodology: Interviews with 1,001 Swede voters, conducted from Jun. 28 to Jul. 3, 2007. No margin of error was provided.