More Norwegians oppose EU membership: poll

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More Norwegians are opposed to joining the European Union (EU) at present, according to a new opinion poll received here on Friday.

The poll released by Norwegian public broadcaster NRK showed that 62 percent of Norwegians would vote against seeking EU membership, 10 percent more than one year ago, if a referendum is held now in Norway.

The poll, conducted by Norstat for NRK, also showed that only 24 percent are in favor, 10 percent dropped over the past year.

The number of voters in favor is far lower than it was at the 1994 referendum, when 47.8 percent voted in favor, while 52.2 percent were against.

"I believe people are opposed to all the new adjustments and directives coming from the EU," Torunn Husvik, deputy leader of the "No to EU" group, was quoted as saying.

Norway applied for EU membership in the 1970s and in early 1990s, but was forced to withdraw its bid as most of its citizens were against it.

Source: Xinhua


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