COPENHAGEN, Denmark (26 January 2000)--At the end of this year or beginning of 2001 Danes will enter the ballot boxes to decide whether their country will join the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). A recent poll indicated that 53% of Danes are in favor of joining the euro club, while 34% are against it.
Earlier this month the Swedish prime minister Goran Persson also indicated that his country is technically and economically ready for the euro. A similar referendum is expected to take place there as well.
Next to Sweden and Denmark, England has decided not to participate in the first rounds of the euro beginning in 2000. (JW)