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    Swedish Historian Touts Nordic Power Bloc

    Sweden should consider joining its Nordic neighbours in forming a five-country federation in order to increase the region’s weight on the international stage, a Swedish historian proposes.

    A union between the five Nordic countries – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland – would give them a seat at big international gatherings, writes social scientist, historian, and author Gunnar Wetterberg in an opinion article in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

    In proposing the creation of a Nordic 'bloc of ice', Wetterberg suggests that Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II would be the union’s obvious leader, drawing parallels between the Kalmar Union, which united Sweden, Denmark, and Norway from 1397 to 1523 and was governed by the Danish Queen Margareta.

    Wetterberg describes several areas which would give a Nordic federal state significant international influence.

    Together, the five countries would be the world’s tenth largest economy – larger than Russia’s and Brazil’s, and one of the five or six largest economies in the European Union.

    “By harmonizing economic legislation, the EU/EEA makes a Nordic union easier, but hardly reduces the need for one,” writes Wetterberg, referring to legislation related to the European Union and the European Economic Area.

    With greater influence, the Nordic region could better protect its interests within the EU and find that key positions on the European Commission were more easily within reach, he believes.

    However, Wetterberg admits that a unitary Nordic state isn’t realistic “and perhaps not desirable either – each country’s distinctive character has value in and of itself”.

    One reason why he suggest Queen Margrethe II lead his proposed Nordic union is the symbolic value of the name.

    “If it’s too hard for the others to swallow, the post could rotate between the countries,” writes Wetterberg.

    The advantages of unification are so great today that politicians ought to take the idea of a Kalmar Union seriously, he believes.

    “With 25 million residents, Nordic culture would have a stronger base than it does now. The market for Nordic literature, theatre, and music should be much larger than today,” Wetterberg writes.

    He admits, however, that language might be a problem.

    “One solution would be to have all students learn another Nordic language from the start, in addition to their mother tongue,” he proposes.

    He believes that a unified Nordic region is completely realistic, “not least because of Swedish arrogance has subsided in recent decades”.
    http://www.thelocal.se/22898/20091027/

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    Awww ... when I read the thread title I was thinking something different. That would have been truly amazing, but appears that I'm too optimistic, really, and those times aren't quite here yet.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Sweden ruled by a Danish monarch? Over my dead body.

    Ernst Hugo tells it like it is.




    On a more serious note it truly is amazing how people can be so eager to give away our country's sovereignty to foreign powers. If it's not the UN or EU it's some other internationalist union built around a fiercly anti-nationalist and anti-traditionalist ideology. To that I say no thanks.

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