Erlander, Tage F.

1958 TLS of Sweden’s PM for 23 years, kept Sweden neutral in Cold War

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(1901-1985) Prime Minister of Sweden 1946-69, leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. Entering WW II coalition government in 1944, Erlander rose unexpectedly to leadership upon the death of Prime Minister Hansson in October 1946, cementing the position of the Social Democratic Party as the virtual government of Sweden. He introduced reforms such as universal health insurance, pension additions and a growing public sector while stopping short of raising tax levels above the average OECD levels at the time. In 1951-57, he espoused a coalition government with Peasants' League chairman Gunnar Hedlund to secure majority and stability, led by himself. In foreign policy, he unsuccessfully sought an alliance of Nordic countries, maintained strict neutrality while building one of the most impressive armed forces in the world (surpassed only by the US, USSR. and Israel in terms of per-capita spending), the Swedish Air Force became the 3rd largest in the world. Sweden ultimately rejected nuclear capability, and signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty in 1968. Erlander's mandate saw Sweden’s economy grow to one of the ten strongest in the world, and Sweden subsequently joined the G10. Resigning after the 1968 Swedish general election, Erlander was succeeded, in the midst of constitutional reforms, by his friend Olof Palme. TLS in English on 3 ˝ x 5 ˝ notecard printed “Staatsministeren” (PM) at top left, Stockholm, March 25 1958, sends thanks for letter and a beautiful card sent to him.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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