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Since this is the most recent train diary, I just want to mention that Sweden and Norway is having a tiff over wheter the left leg of swedish high speed should be 330 km/h (as Norway wants) or 250 km/h (as Sweden plans).

Norway's interest is simply a really fast connection between Oslo and the continent.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon May 30th, 2011 at 09:27:25 AM EST
This is probably a mid-level manager conflict of some kind, because it seems quite clear to me that the Swedish government has no interest in either a 250 km/h or a 330 km/h rail between Oslo and Copenhagen. The Swedish governemt cares essentially about two things: winning elections and eliminating the national debt.

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by Starvid on Mon May 30th, 2011 at 05:24:47 PM EST
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It may be that the 250km/hr version involves taking on less total debt, and either are perceived as being equally useful as a claim of "we do good things, vote for us", so it could be a mid-level managers projection of government's concerns.

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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon May 30th, 2011 at 09:59:48 PM EST
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More likely it's the realisation that a 300 km/h line would place Göteborg solidly within Copenhagen's sphere of influence, and Stockholm policy is to use infrastructure to tie southern Sweden to Stockholm, not to Copenhagen and Oslo.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon May 30th, 2011 at 11:49:02 PM EST
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So you are suggesting that the Swedish government has concerns other than reducing debt and winning the next election?

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon May 30th, 2011 at 11:58:48 PM EST
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No, I'm suggesting that the Swedish civil service has.

I said "Stockholm," not "the Swedish government."

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 01:33:40 AM EST
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Oho, even.

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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 01:56:01 AM EST
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Sweden has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last four hundred years: To keep Denmark out of the Occupied Territories and Russia out of Finland.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 02:20:52 AM EST
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