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Surplus of Wartime Gift Package Traffic
Converted Into Scholarships
‘NEW YORK, April 28.—The wartime gift package traffic
from America to Sweden, which was operated by the Swedish
Government Cargo Clearance Committee in New York, re
sulted in a net surplus of $36,050.80. The Swedish Govern‘
ment has now decided that this sum be turned over to The
American-Scandinavian Foundation and used for scholarq
ships to American students interested in the Swedish lan-l
guage who want to pursue their studies in Sweden. In dis
tributing the awards, the Foundation will consult the Swed-J
ish Minister in Washington, and will also collaborate withl
the Sweden-America Foundation in Stockholm. i
The above surplus represents
six per cent of the combined val
ue of the gift packages, which
was approximately $600,000. Most
packages contained coffee, which
was then almost non-existent in
Sweden. and the senders were. as
a rule, Swedish-Americans. The
comparatively large surplus is due
to low operating expenses. since
the traffic was placed in the
hands of an already existing
Swedish Government agency,
whose officers did not receiVe any
extra compensation for this serv
Swedish Labor Federal-ion
Has I,IS0,000 Members
STOCKHOLM, April 28 .——(By
wirelessl—The Swedish Federa
tion of Labor had 1.147.015 mem
bers on January 1. 1947, as com
pared with 1,106,917 a year ago.
The number of trade unions in-!
creased with 165 to 8.787. divided
into 45 national organizationsi
“'omen members now numberl
195.319. l
Unemployment within the un
ions affiliated with the Federa
tion continued to decrease in 1946.
when it amounted to 3.3 of thei
total membership. This is re-;
garded as low as unemploymenti
figures practically can decline. In:
1945 the corresponding percentage 1
was 4.5 and in 1989 it was aboutl
9. ‘ :
Action for increased wages in;
1946 concerned almost all fields:
of employment. except those in;
which. two year agreements were:
reached in 1945. such as the met-i
a1 working industry. Nearly all
disputes were settled by arbitra
tion. and resulted in an average;
increase of five per cent for men ;
and six per cent for women. Sim- E
ilar actions in 1947 produced even i
more favorable results for the‘
workerswor as high as eight pert
cent for men and up to 12 per
cent for women. This means that
the difference between men's and
women's wages has been fuhtherg
reduced. Added to higher wages?
workmen will alsO. as of May 1.}
receive an extra cost of living.
allowance. estimated at three tol
four per cent of their income. All}
increases obtained this year arel
expected to add a total of 500.-
000.000 kronor to the counrty's.
payroll. i
The study circle activity of the:
Federation grew in scope during‘
the year. There are now 3,576
circles where all kinds of sub-‘
jects are taught to more than
70,000 student Workers. The Fed
eration also intends to establish
a special Women's (‘nuncil to be
of aid ard information to women
workers on all questions and
problems that concern them espe4
Au-i Strand NI-w
Fem-ration l’n-sido-nt
Al is rocvnt ”Thu,” movting‘.
the Federation eivcmi A xvi
Strand president. He sucvevds the;
iatc (:unlmx' Anderssnn. who was‘
madv pres dent in 1911}. Mr. An-i
(iei'snn, who had 170011 vivv preai-g
dent for ten years. iiiul (:uddonly
at a luimr congress in Montreal:
3 short while after having as
sumed the Fedorminn leadership.
In the interim August Lindbmg.l
president from l936 to 1946.!
served as head of the organza-i
tion. Mr. Strand. who was unop
poud. was born in 1898 in the'
southernmost Swaduh province on
Sklne gnd utter having nttended'
Ichool at mint) 1nd Stockholm.
Noun a 'mmtturn carpenter. A
number or the Fink Chamber pf i
the Riksdag and of the Govern
ment Public Debt Office, he is
now treasurer of the wood-work
ing industry organization.
Alfred F. Loomls, American
yachtsman and author of many
books on cruising, will go to
Sweden in July to cover the
Sandhamn races for the maga
gine “Yachting,“ on which he is
an associate editor.
Bjorn Prytz. Swedish Minister
lto the Court of St. Jame‘s. has
been relieved of his post as from
April 1 at his own request. He
will be succeeded by Erik Czson
Boheman, at present Swedish
Minister to France.
Ivar Rooth, Governor of the
Bank of Sweden, who has been
attending an international bank
ing congress in Washington, re
!turned to Sweden April 11 on the
IM. S. “Gripsholm” of the Swedish
lAmerican Line. Among other pas
lsengera were Joel Berglund.
Swedish bariton of the Swedish
Royal Opera and the Metropolitan
‘Opera in New York. and Mrs.
1Berglund. and Kurt Jungstedt.
inoted artist. who is in charge of
ithe interior decoration of the
lLine's new motor ship "Stock~
’holm," now_being completed at
{the Gotaverken yard in Gothen
f A new Swedish naval attache
int the chation in Washington
:has been appointed. He is Com
'mandcr Rutger Croneborg. at
ipresent commanding the so-called
‘ Gothenhurg squadron. largest
naval unit on Sweden‘s west coast.
,Hc left this important post
iApi-il 20 and arier serving for a
[while on the Defense Staff will
Etake up his new duties in June.
‘He was born in 1898.
i Johnson & Johnson. manufac
turing druggists in New Bruns
wick, N. J.. plan to build a fac
tory in Sweden for the making of
.pharmaceuticals and medicines. A
irepresentative of the firm. Wil
lliam C. Runnstrom, will soon go
.to Sweden to assume the post of
[general sales agent for Scandi-
| Sweden could have five times
as many representatiws on the
:United Nations secretariat as is
ithe case today. if only more quali
ii'ied candidates applied for posi
‘tions, the New York correspond
ent of Dagens Nyheter reports
.from Lake Suceess. There are only
nine Swedes on the entire U. N.
staff. while Sweden, because of its
:-ontr.bution to the organization‘s
budget. is entitled to occupy 45
posts on the secretariat.
Two Swedish male choirs from
Chicago will make tours of Swe
den this summer, One is the Svith‘
ii d Singing Chili, under the direc
tioii of Knutc Hansen; the otlici‘ is
the Si'cnskn Krislna Manskorrn
{Swedish (‘hristian Male Churn,
whose leader is William Nordin.
The first group sails May 9 on the
:M. S. “Gripsholm” of the Swedish
‘Aml'I‘K‘llll Line. and the .sci'oiid
with the S. S. "Drottningholni.”
On April 9 the Svithind Siiging
(‘liih observed its 65th anniversary
with a concert at the (‘ivic Theatre
ii. Chicago at which Lauritz Mel
,chior. Metropolitan Opera tenor,
iwas the guest soloist.
i The Swedish chess champion.
jGideon Stahlberg. won second
.place at the iecent international
‘cheu matches held in Mar del
Plate. in Argentina. The winner
was the Polish-Argentine player.
iMiguel Najdorf.
New Swedish Passenger
Plane Arouses
Interest Abroad
STOCKHOLM, May 10. (By
airmaihi«"Scandia," a new me
dium-sized passenger plane, de
signed and built by the Swedish
Saab 'Aircraft Company in Lin
koping, recently returned after a
successful trial flight to Copen
hagen, Amsterdam. Zurich, and
Brussels. Several foreign com
panies reported to have shown
great interest in “Scandia,” which
is one of the first modern post
war planes in the medium-size
class. hitherto represented mainly
by the Douglas DC 3's. The plane,
which is twin-engineu, has com
fortable accommodations for 32
passengers in ordinary day traf
fic and for 24 on longer trips.
The Saab Company is now plan
ning a series of planes of this‘
type. and the first deliveries are}
expected to take place early next;
year. I
‘ In Holland the plane was flown
iby the chief pilot of the KLM.
ICaptain Adriaan Viruly. The
1“Scandia” was a “very pleasant
lacquaintance." he said in a news
i paper interview after the trip. “It
is obvious that she is a modern
3 plane. She exhibited very surpr’s
fling qualities. especially as to low
‘speed characteristics and maneu
iverability. Even when the plane
3 was stalled, the ailerons func
% tioned perfectly. and when one on
‘ gine was stopped. it was not nec
§ essary to adjust the rudders. This.
got‘ course. increases the security.“
‘ The plane's maximum Speed at
an altitude of 6.890 feet is 265
miles per hour; the cruising speed.
with 60 per cent motor power. is
220-223 miles per hour at 9,840
feet. With full load of 14 tons the
plane takes off and reaches an
altitude of 50.feet in less than 765
yards. It is equipped with Pratt
& Whitney engines.
Air mail carried between Swe
den and the United Simes in
creased four times in volume dur
ing the last year.
NITED NATIONS is ”to only road Io per
manenI' peace
AVAGE is 'I'he only candidaie who gives
I full supporf Io Ihe UniI-ed Noiions
FTER sacrificing for viciory. peopie won‘t
again resor-I- *0 power poiifics and war
' oeuocut
Swedish Crown Prince Attends Funeral of
King Christian of Denmark
i STOCKHOLM.—(By wirelessl—Flags were lowered to
,half mast in Stockholm at the news of the death of King
;Christian X of Denmark, and a three-week period of court
:mourning was announced. The press devoted much space
ito the monarch, who was very popular in Sweden. Emphasis
3was placed on his fearless stand during the long and trying
‘German occupation. A Norwegian newspaper pointed out
that King Christian did much to correct the view that mon
archy and democracy are incompatible.
The Swedish press also printed articles about the new
King Fredrik IX, whose wife, Queen Ingrid, is the only daugh-
'ter of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolt
,of Sweden. The Conservative1
:Svenska Dagbladet wrote, “In:
Iour country, Frederik is regarded;
with warmth and sympathy and}
lthe best wishes go from Sweden‘
[to the new King and Queen ot‘
iDenmark. Queen Ingrid now be
[comes more than ever before a
{living pledge of the brotherhood
iof our two countries."
i Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf
lPrince Ber-til. Prince Carl, and
-Princess Ingeborg attended the
ifuneral on April 30 in the Cathe
idral of Rnskilde, where Danish
iroyalty are traditionally buried
:Princess Ingeborg, the wife or
iPrince Carl, is a sister of the late
lKing Christian. Queen Alexan—
‘drine—whn will still be known as
lQueen. and not as Dowager Queen.
‘according to an edict of the new
.monarchwurged all those who
wished to send flowers to make
=contributions instead to the youth
jstudy groups of the Frecdom
i Fund.
‘ Olle Comstodt, Swedish motion
picture photographer and color
‘rpecialist. has been made a mem
‘ber of the American Society of
Clnematographers in Hollywood
with the title of Director of Film
tography. The A.S.C. very seldom
Velects members outside Hollywood,
Mr. Comstedt lives in New York.
i To prevent the spreading of
ismall pox. 10.000 fishermen and
i’their families on Sweden‘s West
iCoast will be vaccinated. A few
‘cases of small pox have been dis
lcovered in Grimsby. in England.
and since many of these fishermen
‘land their catches there. the vac—
‘Cination. which is voluntary and
cost free. has been urged by the
Swedish Medical Board as a pre—
Vontivv measure.
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