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Government Bid for Cooperation
Rejected by Opposition Parties
STOCKHOLM. November 24.—(By airmaiD—The invita
tion to joint deliberations on urgent economic problems
which Prime Minister Tage Erlander recently extended to
the parties not represented in the Government has been
turned down by the opposition group, consisting of the Con
servatives. the Farmers’ Union, and the People's Party. Re-
presentatives of these parties em
phasized that they are in favor}
of an increased cooperation, but
considered the forms suggested by
the Government unsuusfactory.
Erlander's plan called for four
committees. each with representa
tives of all parties outside the.
Government, which were to follow
the development of the Swedish;
trade policy, the granting of per- '
mits for capital investment, the:
preliminaries for the new budget. ,
am! the planning for a so-calledj
national budget. ;
In their reply to the qune Min- '
ister‘s invitation, the Conserva- l
tives objected to the opposition!
being asked to shoulder a moral
responsibility without having any
real influence. The Government
alone would decide on all important .
matters. the opposition attending
only to details. The Conservatives
also contended-that the program'
presented by the Government does |
not go to the bottom of the crisis.
The People‘s Party pointed out
that the national budget will con
tain the necessary over-all plan
for combating the threat of an in- .
flation. When this budget is pre-i
sented the Riksdag will have:
opened, and cooperation about the ;
fundamentals of the country's eco- ;
romic policy must then be sought
there. The Farmers too, said they i
did not find the necessary broad
and clear directives in the Gov-3
ternment's appeal. Real unity. they
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i The opposition partlcs- rejection
,of the Government‘s invitation is
[to be regretted, especially from a
jpsychological point of view. Pre-
Emier Erlander commented on No
ivember 20. The Government pol
ficy. he added. will be exactly the
lsame as if the party leaders had
;agreed to'coopcrate. “The opposi
' tion seems to imply that the Gov
} ernment has not stated how it
‘ views the present economic situa
tion. We say: The Swedish people
today live above their resources. or
they are. at least, straining them.
’It is necessary to curtail imports,
Eand we plan to reduce them from
l5.000 million kronor ($1,400 mil
ilion) in 1947 to 3.500 million kro- I
inor ($980 million) next year." '
‘ Mr. Erlander added that to achieve
a balance the Government must
’also depend on such means as have ‘
lalready been employed, namely, a l
lcheck on capital investments, a ‘,
icarefully planned budget. stricter:
savings, and rationings. The new?
Itaxes that have become necessary i
1must be imposed on lion-essential 1
. consumption in the first place. 1
‘ Commenting on the rejection of i
the Prime Minister‘s invitation, the ?
‘Labor party‘s main organ, Morgon- l
Tidningen, says that the opposi-j
tion parties seem to be "willing to
let the Swedish people pay the
penalty for having all political
groups in Sweden appear to the
outside world as being engaged in
a life-or-death battle, while in a
situation like the present a mani
fest unity is the only right and
normal thing." The paper ends by
saying that if the parties outside
the Government want a fight. they
shall have it. Dagens Nyheter, the
leading Liberal daily, states that
the Prime Minister‘s attempt at
cooperation was extremely unsat
isfactory. “There are good reasons
to believe that the Government
never expected to achieve unity
along the lines proposed—the
whole construction seems so _im
possible." Another Liberal paper,
Svenska Morgonbladet, writes that
the answers from the opposition
parties are written in a moderate
tone and give proof of a will to co
operate which the Prime Minister
should make the most of.
Walter Norblad
Supports New
Stamp Issue
The following remarks regard
ing H. J. Res. 251, which was
passed Jan. 19th by the House.
were made by Congressman Wal
ter Norblad, Oregon:
“Mr. Speaker:
“This resolution. which directs
the Postmaster General to issue a
5-cent stamp commemorative of
of the one-hundredth anniversary
of the coming of the Swedish
pioneers to the Middle West, is one
which I thoroughly approve and
should, in my opinion, pass the
House unanimously.
“Our Swedish settlers played a
very important part in the settle
ment. development. and growth of
this country and this recognition
is one which they justly deserve.
iAlthough this resolution pays trib
iute to their work in the Mid-west,
|it is also a fact that the Pacific
jNorthwest and other parts of the
{country were initially settled and
{developed by these pioneers.
1 “Their task was certainly not
‘an easy one, but by perseverance
iand hard .work they developed
‘ many portions of this country from
ian uninhabitable state to a part
and parcel of the strongest nation
on earth. We. in the State of Ore
gon. have seen many evidences of
a job well performed and I. for one.
wish to add my word of commen
dation and praise to these hardy
“The Swedish *
(From an editorial in the St.|
Paul Pioneer Press, November 29,
i 1947.) .
“Plans for the Swedish Pioneer;
{Centennial center around a three- 1
:day festival in Chicago early next ‘g
iJune. There will also be regional v
Observances in Minneapolis and?
‘several other centers of Swedish— :
EAmerican population . . . l
‘ "The first Swedes to reach Am- ii
crica settled near Wilmington. fl
Delaware. some 300 years ago, but C
‘ it was not until 1841 that the first {i
? zomigrants from that country ar-1
‘ Vrived in the Mississippi valley. l
‘ M'hen a group headed by Gustavi
LUnonius took root at Pine Lake.i
:Wisconsin. Peter Cassel led an-‘
fother band into Iowa in 1345, and l
ithe founding of the first Lutheran
'congregation of Swedish pioneers!
in 1848 at New Sweden in that
State initiated the growth of a
upermanent Swedish-American cul
ture in this part of the country . . .
' “Minnesota, destined to become
la leader in Swedish-American pop
[ulstiom received its first infusion!
‘of Swedish blood at Scandia in
11852. When the homestead act of ‘
:1862 accelerated the pace of im
‘migration, more and more of the
pioneers from Sweden gravitated
Ito the North Star State, which;
iwas so much like the forested;
areas of their home land. !
3, “Sweden, with a population at:
home of little more. than six mil- j
lion souls, has sent upwards of a!
{million settlers into the United}
_ States since 1850 . . ."
Foreign Journalists
Visit Sweden
: S'I‘OCKI-IOLM—(By airman)—
i Sweden, which during the war
J was an important neutral observa
ition post for hundreds of corres
1pondents from all the belligerent
‘ countries. is still an object of keen
! interest on the part of the foreign
ipress. During the period June
‘September last year, 120 foreign
ljournalists, many of them inter
nationally famous, visited Sweden,
while there are still over 100 more
or less permanent correspondents
for foreign papers and press as
sociations accredited in Stockholm.
This has been revealed in a
newspaper interview by Sven
Dahlman. head of the Press De
partment of the Foreign Office.
More than 50 per cent of the vis
iting newsmen have been Ameri
cans, followed by Britishers and
Frenchmen. While the representa
tives permanently stationed in
Stockholm are mostly concerned
with spot news events, the many‘
visiting correspondents — among ‘
them several women journalists—:
have usually come to get material ?
for articles about Sweden’s social‘
welfare progi'am, her economic ‘
situation, relief activities. etc. 1
“It has also happened." said Mr.
Dahlman, “that SWuden's easterly
location has induced journalists to
come here in the belief that there
would be a great deal of informa
tion to collect about the Soviet
Union and adjacent countries.
They have found to their disap
pointment, however. that we know
no more than they do themselves."
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duties. Mr. Dahlman served for
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Parliament In
Norway Opened
OSLO. — The 92nd regular Nor
wegian Parliament was opened on
Monday, January 12th, with the
‘usual ceremonies and King Haa
ikon's address to the members
assembled. In his speech, the King
reiterated that Norway will co
operate in fostering cooperation
and peaceful relations among all
lands and take an active part in
the work of the United Nations.
In like manner, Norway will aid in
the economic reconstruction of Eu
rope and will support international
efforts for easing and expanding
world trade.
i A proposal calling for redemp
tion of private shares in the Bank
'of Norway will be forwarded, con
tinued the King. and the extension
of price and other control regula
tions will be proposed pending
preparation of a new price law.
In agriculture. attention will be di
rected toward increasing domes
tic grain production, Modernizing
of the fisheries. now under way,
will continue as planned.
Of special interest to North-
Norway residents was the portion
of the King's address dealing with
rebuilding of the Nazi-leveled iron
ore mines at Sor-Varanger and
plans for their reconstruction will
be forwarded to Parliament short‘
ly. In closing the King noted that
a constitutional proposal pertain
ing to the right and duty of all to
work, would also be placed before
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