SWEDEN: Social Democrats: 44 and Out

If it was time for a political change anywhere, it was time in Sweden. For 44 years the Social Democrats had ruled the country, either alone or as head of a coalition—a longevity record unsurpassed in Europe today except by the Soviet Union's durable Bolsheviks. Last week, in a decision that echoed throughout Western Europe, Sweden's voters ousted the Social Democrats and cautiously mandated a new, more conservative course for their country. Nationwide parliamentary elections gave the nonsocialist bloc—the Center, Moderate and Liberal parties—50.8% of the vote, providing it with 180 of Parliament's 349 seats, v. 47.6% of the...