Extract from the TEAM EU COUNTER SUMMIT LONDON held 11th June 2016.
Jan-Erik Gustafsson - Folkrörelsen Nej till EU, Sweden.
Officially the Kingdom of Sweden, has been a member of the European Union since 1 January 1995, but declined Eurozone membership following a referendum. It is also a member of the United Nations, the Nordic Council, Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Denmark and Sweden held referendums on the accession to the European Monetary Union (EMU) in 2000 and 2003, respectively. In both countries, the Euro was rejected. Denmark and the United Kingdom are the only EU members which have been granted an exemption from using the Euro, Sweden has also not adopted the Euro, although unlike Denmark and the UK it has not formally opted out, instead, fails to meet the ERM II (Exchange Rate Mechanism) which results in the non-use of the Euro. Throughout the 20th century, Swedish foreign policy was based on the principle of non-alignment in peacetime and neutrality in wartime. Sweden's government pursued an independent course of nonalignment in times of peace so that neutrality would be possible in the event of war. Since 1995 Sweden has been a member of the European Union, and as a consequence of a new world security situation the country's foreign policy doctrine has been partly modified, with Sweden playing a more active role in European security co-operation. Currency: Swedish krona Population: 9.8 million