SWEDEN: The Cavemen

For 144 years and through two world wars, Sweden has stayed doggedly neutral. But if there were a next time, could an innocent bystander sit out a nuclear war? Sweden's answer has been not to join NATO, but to spend some $200 million on the world's most" elaborate civil defense installations, including huge underground shelters. Some of Sweden's man-made caves:

¶ In Vasteras (pop. 69,000) a shelter has been blasted out of the solid granite of a hill in the center of town. Constructed in two below-ground stories, the shelter accommodates 5,500 people under war conditions. It has a peacetime...

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