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Sweden Parliament OKs Date for Euro Vote

March 12, 2003

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Swedish lawmakers on Wednesday formally approved a referendum on Sept. 14 on whether to adopt the euro as Sweden’s currency.

The decision by the 349-seat Riksdag, or parliament, was expected after party leaders in December settled on a plan for when and how the referendum would be carried out.

The plan called for 340 million kronor ($41 million) in government funds to be divided between ``yes″ and ``no″ camps, an impartial information campaign about the euro and the administration of the referendum itself.

The plan was approved by a 270 to 40 vote, with 4 abstentions and 35 lawmakers absent.

Eligible voters will include about 6.9 million of the country’s 8.9 million residents.

Recent polls have shown euro opponents slightly ahead.

Sweden, Denmark and Britain were the only members of the European Union to opt out of the common currency introduced last year.

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