March 5, 1999 |
The Swedish government moved closer Thursday to approving compensation of $21,150 each to victims of a 40-year Nazi-style program during which thousands were sterilized against their will. The Social Affairs Ministry said it had approved a draft on compensation and turned it over to lawyers to iron out the final details.
November 14, 1998 |
When Swedes voted in 1980 to shutter their nuclear power plants, their decision helped set the pace for judgments across Europe that the energy source, though limitless and affordable, posed too great a risk for the densely populated Continent. But the environmental trailblazers have lost their way. Eighteen years after the referendum that condemned this country's 12 reactors to the ash heap of industrial history, the full dozen are up and running past one closure deadline after another.
September 20, 1998 |
Seven parties spanning the political spectrum are expected to win parliamentary seats in today's general election, but not one can offer what voters really want: a return to Sweden's glory days as the world's model welfare state. In fact, right-leaning forces have brazenly stated that the cherished ideal of equal wealth for everyone is not just out of reach but out of fashion.
September 2, 1997 |
No one could have known, of course. But the view all these years from Maria Nordin's balcony has been a bittersweet reminder of the life she so much wanted but was never allowed to have. The blessing is that her failing blue eyes--at the center of her awful story that began 54 years ago--now prevent her from seeing more than a few yards away. The playground five stories below, with children dangling from tire swings and mothers trading neighborhood gossip, mercifully is beyond her sight.
October 25, 1996 |
Each afternoon, they gather at the Sibelius bar, on a well-trod pedestrian lane in this suburb of Stockholm: the flotsam of a system that wasn't supposed to let anyone down. There is Steiner Holth, once a highly paid pressman who, at 47, was forced out of his job just in time to sample the cutbacks in Sweden's unemployment-compensation program. There is Karin Skognstad, who broke her wrist and discovered how much the national sick-pay rate had been rolled back.
May 5, 1996 |
When Lennart and Birgitta Berglund imagine those horrible last moments in the raging Baltic Sea, they like to think Birgitta's parents met death's cold advance in the warmth of each other's arms. Maybe the vacationing couple stayed behind in their cabin as the crippled ferry Estonia flipped on its side and was sucked from the horizon. And maybe they are still there--locked in their final embrace 250 feet beneath the sea. "But we are realistic," Lennart Berglund said.