Vladimir Putin

H.R.H. Prince Bertil of Sweden

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. The annual opening of the more than 500-year-old Swedish parliament in the Hall of the Realm in Stockholm's Royal Palace as the most venerable of Sweden's official ceremonies. History and description of the ceremony. The Speech from the Throne today. A line from a recent Speech from the Throne as the theme of this address: "Rapid change and dynamic development are characteristic of Sweden." Some impressions that we might have of Sweden that differ from this description. Some facts to moderate our impressions, under the following topics: employment; imports; competition for domestic manufacturers; consequences of open trade; continual adjustment toward more productive use of capital and manpower in the Swedish economy; industrial growth; free enterprise; exports of goods and services; an increase in foreign sales; changes in the textile and other industries; social-welfare legislation; an expanded school system; rapid increase in university enrollments; recreation.

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