Coping with Cars, Families, and Foreigners: Swedish Postwar Tourism

  • Per Lundin
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)


In January of 1950, the chairman of the Swedish Tourist Association wrote a manifesto-like letter to an industrialist. The tourist association chairman was Arthur Lindhagen, who was also a justice of Sweden’s Supreme Court. The industrialist in question was Erland Waldenström, CEO of the large, state-owned mining company, LKAB. In the letter, Lindhagen invited Waldenström to join the tourist association’s board. Lindhagen also expressed a concern: in the minds of the Swedish public, he wrote, tourism had become “synonymous with the efforts to attract foreign tourists to the country for economic reasons, especially from countries with hard currency.” For his part, Lindhagen viewed this development with “suspicion”—even “animosity.” He assured Waldenström, however, that the Swedish Tourist Association—the country’s oldest, largest tourist organization—transcended all forms of “dollar tourism.”1


Foster Youth Mass Tourism Marshall Plan Family Room Tourist Association 
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