Scandinavia: Two-Way Drift

In Sweden and Denmark, Scandinavia's most prosperous nations, election results last week came as a jolt to the Socialists who have ruled both countries for decades. Though Swedes voted solidly for grandfatherly Premier Tage Erlander's Social Democrats, the big surprise of the election was a gain in Communist strength. The Reds not only added three extra seats to the five they already hold in the Riksdag's 233-member lower house; they were also the only party to increase their overall percentage of the popular vote.

Danish voters, by contrast, moved right, giving four...

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