On May 15, 2022, the Swedish government announced its intention to join the military alliance NATO. After over a year of negotiating with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the two countries reached an agreement, with Erdoğan stating that he would support a Swedish NATO-membership. The Nordic country had remained outside the organization, referring to its neutrality, a stance supported by a majority of the population over the past years. However, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, there were more Swedes in favor of a NATO-membership in 2022. By May 2022, nearly 60 percent of the Swedes were in favor of the country joining NATO, a trend that continued into 2023. Also in Sweden's neighboring country Finland, who joined NATO in April 2023, there was a majority in favor of joining the alliance.
Do you think Sweden should join the military alliance NATO?
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Tycker du att Sverige ska bli medlem i den militära alliansen NATO?"
**After Sweden decided to apply for NATO-membership in May 2022, the framing of the question was changed accordingly: 'Anser du att det är rätt eller fel av Sverige att ansöka om medlemskap i Nato?'
Missing percentage points to 100 percent are probably due to rounding.
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Ipsos, & Novus. (June 1, 2023). Do you think Sweden should join the military alliance NATO? [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved December 09, 2023, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/660842/survey-on-perception-of-nato-membership-in-sweden/
Ipsos, und Novus. "Do you think Sweden should join the military alliance NATO?." Chart. June 1, 2023. Statista. Accessed December 09, 2023. https://www.statista.com/statistics/660842/survey-on-perception-of-nato-membership-in-sweden/
Ipsos, Novus. (2023). Do you think Sweden should join the military alliance NATO?. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: December 09, 2023. https://www.statista.com/statistics/660842/survey-on-perception-of-nato-membership-in-sweden/
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