SWEDEN: The 101.2% Solution

When Sweden put draconian tax regulations into effect in January, an early victim was one of the welfare state's leading citizens: Director Ingmar Bergman. Two policemen abruptly called Bergman from a Stockholm stage, where he was rehearsing August Strindberg's The Dance of Death, and hauled him away for interrogation on suspicion of having evaded payment of $119,000 in taxes. Although all charges were dropped last week, Bergman remained holed up on his bleak island home at Fårŏ, sunk in what doctors described as "a deep depression as a result of shock."

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