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Norway's 1946
Trade Balance
.OLSO.——~Export-import figures
for the first nine months of 1946
show Norway's present foreign—ex
change status to be considerably
better than anticipated. Imports
since liberation have been size
able. although falling somewhat
short of earlier estimates, while
exports have risen steadily.
Most important, however, is the
favorable price increase of export
ed Norwegian goods on world mar:
kets. During the first nine months.
Norwegian imports have exceeded
exports by but 432 million ‘kroner,
a deficit considerably below earlier
estimates. A part of the deficit
figure represents purchases of
merchant ships abroad which dur~
ing the nine months has included 20
motor ships totalling 15,555 tons,
and 19 steam vessels with a total
tonnage of 26.636 tons.
-Exchange derived through mer
chant and whaling fleets has been
extremely important. with gross
freight income for 1946 estimated
at one billion 'kroner. Net foreign
exchange sailed in by the fleet
during 1946 is expected to exceed
550,000,000 kroner, but this will
be turned back into the industry
through the purchase of new §hips.
Norwegian shipping firms will
have paid out between 600 and 800
million krone‘r in addition to large
amounts in dollars and pounds for
the purchase of ships during 1946.
Norway Troops To
Train In Germany
OSLO ~-- Norwegian Minister oi“
Defense, Jens Christian Hauge,
has announced that the 4.400-man
Norwegian brigade which will
soon leave for occupation duty in
the British zone of Germany will
not be relegated to general guard
duty. According to an agreement
with the British authorities, the
Norwegian troops will participate
in operative tasks with greatest
possible attention to a period of
military training.
Popular discussion in Norway
growing out of a suggestion to
send a contingent of Norwegian
WAC's to Germany culminated in
a. vote by Parliament forbidding
departure of the women's corps,
as earlier planned. An additional
proposallcalling for a period of
_general military training for Nor-i
wegian women was turned down by:
80 votes. i
Minister Henge personally inti
mated that the women‘s corps
could have fulfilled an important
task with the occupation forces.
but admitted that the Parliament's
clear-cut decision put a stop to
any such plans. Though factually
correct. the inclusion of the wom
en's corps was termed "psycholog
aily unwise" at the present time.
Finland Cuts Prices
On Industrial Goods
HELSINKI. Finland. Jan. 4.“
The Finnish Government has de
cided to make a 5 per cent cut in
the prices of all domestic indus
trial goods.
This has caused general con
fusion in business circles and many
traders have closed their shop:
pending clarification of the situa
World's First Lighted
Ski Run
OSLO-~On Friday, December
27th. the world‘s first illumlnnted
night crosi-country ski run was
held on t e outskirts of Oslo.
Thousands of spectators gathered
for the event saw contestants
cover a. difficult three-mile course
lighted 'by 116 reflectors burning
160 watt bulbs. Both contestants
and spectators were enthusiastiv
over the new venture. and s num
ber of night contests of this type
are predicted for the coming
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‘ ‘ _ ’4‘ Serving the Scandinavian-American Population of the Great Northwe:
Vol. 3, No. I.
Henry Goddard Leach Visits Seattle
Dr. Henry Goddard Leach, au
thor, editor. and president of the
American-Scandinavian Founda
tion, will lecture at the University
of Washington, 11 and 8 p. m., on
Thursday, February 6. as well as
before the Seattle Chamber of
Commerce Community Council
and Several Scandinavian organi
zations on February 5. 6 and 7. He
will be staying at the Edmond
Meany Hotel. I
Dr. Henry Goddard Leach is a
well-known authority on Scandi
navian literature and an exponent
of international education, par
ticularly between the Scandinav
ian countries and America. In
1945 Dr. Leach was chosen by
Uppsala University in Sweden to
be awarded the only honorary de
gree conferred upon a foreigner
at its 350th anniversary. This dis
tinction is signified by his wear
ing the gold ring of Uppsala.
i Dr. Learch's name is linked with
‘many important events in various
‘fields of interest. From 1922 to
§194o he was editor of the FORUM
iand CENTURY magazines. Under
ihis editorship. the publication in
icreased from two thousand to one
1hundred thousand. The FORUM
was a “magazine of controversy."
a. periodical in which the public
could present opposite points of
view and which Carl Sandburg de—
clared to be “the barometer of:
American intelligence." It was‘
during this period that Dr. Leach
became a familiar lecturer in Am
erican universities and various
civic organizations. as he could‘
so capably present complete and‘
unbiased pictures of political, ed
ucational and literary theories and
At the beginning of World War
II. Dr. Leach suspended publica-“
tion of the magazines, giving his
.t'ull time and energy to the Am
erican~Scandinavian F o u ndation,
an educational institution engag
ed in advancing intellectual rela
tions between Americans and‘
Scandinavians. Throughout hisl
life his chief interest and ambition
has been to further international:
education between Scandinavia j
and America. and as a result at"
his tireless efforts in this (lirec-i
tion. the number of American stu- i
dents and scholars studying;r inf
Scandinavia has steadilv increas—z
ed. and those Scandinavians desir- 1
ous of furthering education in;
American universities have like-‘
w18e increased. '
Dr. Leach's educational and M
erary career is marked by many
Danish King llas
Heart Attack
government announcement said to
night tint King Christian X of
Denmark, 76, has suffered a heart
The tail. beloved monarch was
stricken Tuesday but the first an
nouncement, of his illness said
merely that he was suffering from
a slight cold and congestion of
the lungs.
Tonight's palace bulletin said
penicillin is being administered
continuously to the king.
honors and recognitions, some ot‘i
which are as follows: !
Princeton University, A. B..——i
1903; Harvard University, A. M..l
Dr. Henry Goddard Lvach
1906, th. D.. 1908; Rollins Col
lege, LL. 0.. 1927; Augustana Col
lege. Litt. D.. 1938; Secretary. of
American-Scandinavian Fou n d a -
tion. 1912-1921; President. Amer
‘icanfkandinavian Fou n d a t i o n,
’1923-: Executive Vice-President.
International P. E. N., American
Branch: Former President, Poetry
Society of America; Editor. FOR
UM and CENTURY magazines,
Commander of the V85. Order
(Sweden); Commander of the‘
North Star Order (Sweden); Com
mander of the Dannebrog Order;
(Denmark) Commander of the St. ‘
Olav Order (Norway): Knight of i
the Falcon Order (Iceland). ‘
Publications: “Scandinavia and}
the Scandinavians"——1916; "Ange-i
vin Britain and Scandinavia"~—1
1921; “A Pageant of Old Scandin-l
avia."—-1946; Lecturer and con-‘1
ti‘ibutor to numerous periodicals. }
Stockiiiiirm” To "fipand
lts Port Facilities ‘
STOCKHOLM. Jan. 3.» Swadish
authorities plan to spend nearly'
$20,000,000 on new equipment for
Stockholm Harbor so it may»
handle exports to Russxa under the;
recently ratified Rusian-Swedish
trade agreement.
Danish Christmas Excursion
Announced By Swedish line
The second annual Christmas
Excursion since the war to Copen-i
hagen. Denmark. will leave on the:
Swedish American liner "Grips-l
holm" sailing from New York,‘
December 5. 1947. it was an-,!
nounced recently. Special arrange-i
ments in keeping with the holiday
season will be made on board the!
vessel. calling at Gothenburg.§
Sweden, b e f o r e proceeding to?
"The royal reception accorded;
the group of Danish - Americans!
who made the recent trip in the
“Gripsholm” to Copenhagen. and.
the numerous inquiries whether
these excursions Would be con».
tinucd. led us to decide at once on
another," said G. H. Lundbeck. Jr..
“You’ll N ever Know What
You’ll Pull Out Of The
Sea” — — At Coos Bay
During the war many fishermen
had to subdue. more or less, the
temptation to go fishing. In my
neighborhood the only kind of
fishing suitablcifor an old man
who is used to catching gamPy and
fully grown up fish. is on the sea
coast. This involved considerable
travel and wear and tear (in aging
auto tires.
There was. besides. another
matter interfering with my former
enjoyments from rod and reel. 1
was disturbed by the appearance
of spooky eyes glaring at me from
far, far away. These eyes belonged
to the many boys who alxo longed
to be home and go fishing but who
could not do so this time because
Eisenhower and MacArthur still
needed them “over there." They
were the eyes of thousands of
wounded and dying soldiers who
never again wpgld have a chance
to go fishing. Memories from the
Argonne in the (all of 1918 Were
still too vivid—~they took the fun
Soviet Opens
’Area To Finns
HELSINKI. Flnzand, Jan. 34——
Mauno Pekkala. Finnish Prime
Minister. has announced that the
Soviet Union has opened up the
Porkkala area for Finnish railway
traffic between Turku and Hel
sinki and also the Saimaa. Canal
in southeastern Finland to Finnish
sea. traffic.
The Russian concession is stated
to be the result of a visit to Mos
mw of a Finnish Government dele
'gatinn last spring.
The draft treaty with Finland
provided for the granting to Rus
sia on a 50-year lease the use
of territory and waters for thv
establishment of .1 Russian naval
base in the arm of Porkknlu Head
land. southwest of Helsinki‘
The Snimaa Canal (winner'ts the
Saimaa Lake with Viipuri. pm". (in
the Gulf of Finland
U. S. managin'g‘ director of the;
iline. "The announcement at thief
‘time will enable prospective par-tin
cipants to plan now for a trip. ro-‘
'garded by many. as the trip of a?
Hiretime.” he continued. 1
i The “Gripsholm” has accommm!
‘dations for 1.400 passengers in;
iF‘irst. Cabin and Tourist Class. '
First Swedish ‘
Penicillin Factory
‘ STOCKHOLM ~— About 20.000;
vial: of penicillin in day. or SIX‘
millions a year. will be produced.
in Swoden. when its first penicillin:
factory. now being built by the’
biochemical company Kambiilagelfi
in Stockholm. starts operation.
out of going fishing.
Howm’er. the day came when
the tempting fishing paraphernalia.
un the garage shelf over-ruled all
my objm iiuns and since there was
no longer any valid sentimental
pxcuae. and since also my fishing
partner—~f0r better and worse- -
felt a similar urgv, we betook our.
selves to the coast.
At Coos Bay. Ore. we joined a.
party of fishermvn on a small fish—
ing cruiser with Captain Ray Self
gas pilot than whom I have met
'10 more efficient and helpful guide
on many fishing expedilmns in
both salt and fresh water.
The boat was built for sport
fishing and only six fishermen
were taken {or each days trip. A.
powerful engine made a speed of
25 MPH going and icoming to and
from the outlet of the bay when)
the fishing was done. The front.
part of the deck was covered .30
that one could avoid getting
soaked in case of rain. The back
part was arranged to seat com
fortably three fishermen on each
side. A small room under the
captain‘s pedestal was used for
storage and contained a “modem
convenience." Length of the boat.
wabout 20 feet.
Coos Bay has always been fa
mous for its big “stripers"-~i. e.
striped sea bass~ and that was
really what we went there to
"fetch home." However, the strip—
ers were either dyspeptic or oven
fed on this occasion and we were
warned not to expect too much at
tention from them until later in
the year. Our hope of meeting a
thirty pound bass face In lace was
squelched somewhat. but we found
encouragement on learning that.
salmon was being c‘aught every
day in the sea just outside Coos
Bay hnr.
ll‘mitinued on Page lBI
Norway Enjoys
‘June in January’
OSLO Frfom all pans of Nur
“ ay are coming near-fabulous re
ports of an unusually mild winter.
Over the whole of southern Nor
way, lakes remain ice~free and in
the Trondheim district church~
goers bicycled down snowlesa
loads on New Year‘s day while
grazing sheep dotted the hillsides.
Birds which usually leave these
sections early in September have
evidently decided to spend the
winter. In Tromooe, several de
grees above the Arctic Circle. the
song of numerous summer bird
wae heard during the Christmas
Reports from Stavanger on the
southwestern coast describe bud
dmg tms and bushes. and in at
lent two instances havkyard
flower beds are boasting a bloom
or two. Norwegian weuther men
declare that the precipitation in
normal, however: "‘5 simply Dm
ing down as ram rather than
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