Norway and Sweden
Tn a recent interview m London, I)r Nansen, ot' Arctic rauiu. explained the difficulty | between Norv/>.y mid tfwaiien. To m.-bt people the thr<*itc jnt"l dissolution >>£ h union of' two cuitiunes; over ibe question of a sepp.nilo con-uiar service rhi-ims absurd, but when tho explorer's explanation is considered it is seen that tht> Norwegians have much reason m thoir contortions. Dr Nan-lii-n explains that tbr.re is a re»l danger o'' Lie union being dissolved if Sweden refuses Niawfjjr hor undoubted righi s. The consular question is teally a test wheiher Sweden is prepared honestly ami honourably to curry out the treuty of union of 1815, by which, the e'atus o: the twooountviis as free wed itd-jpendont Jkin^dorus under one Soverei^u is expo sly declared. T) v i tho constitutional asj eot of tbo matter lies iD_ the que^i ion whethet xiorway is to be an iudepeD'. c t or a dependent State. But there is aleo a commercial aspt'cb. The consul-; are iippoiutetl by thd Sweuirh Mini&ter of Foreign Affair?, «nd sire rwsrionsil le to him alone. The coamercial inter-fi.-i aDt the two countries :»th nol only Lot I identical, but aie tr. qneut y opposed to ] e;u li i ther. .Norway'sskipping ha-j y outgrown that of ISwaden, althouyh thf popuiauon of the Utter is the larpor. Then toj, Norway is almost Pree'.rado, and Sweden is highly I'retentive, so that Mjparp.te comnietcinl cxeatiea for the two kingdoms have to bu negotiated with, other countries. Heace a diplomat; who at the #!iuie time ropresenta Freetrade Norway and Protective Sweden m negotiating these treaties finds himself m an embarrassing position.
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Norway and Sweden, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905
Norway and Sweden Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905
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