SWEDEN: Topple

The Russo-Finnish crisis having lapsed temporarily into the name-calling stage, big bad news in the Baltic last week came from Sweden. There the national budget, for years as soundly balanced as the Great Wallendas, was shown to have taken a terrific topple from the high wire. Loss of revenues due to wartime trade curtailment, plus the cost of keeping the Army and Navy mobilized for emergency, plus armament purchases and providing urban Swedes with gas masks and air-raid shelters, had largely done the job. Finance Minister Dr. Ernst Wigforss announced that since he reported balance to the Riksdag last...

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