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Very good diary.

Smallish quibble: During the swedish-norwegian union 1814-1905, Norway was a state in a personal union with Sweden. The swedish king was also king of Norway. However, both countries were constitutional monarchies, so even though the executive power formally was in the hands of the king, parliaments in both countries wielded considerable influence. The two countries had their own constitutions, parliaments, laws, customs (there was no customs union), flags (with the other countrys flag partly included). The only things Norway did not have was army, prisons and foreign policy.

So they had their own country. It was just not independent.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 16th, 2007 at 01:01:07 PM EST
Good point.  And accurate.  But please don't tell the Norwegians around here who were celebrating the 100th anniversary of Norwegian independence two summers ago.  (shhhh ;-)

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by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Fri Mar 16th, 2007 at 01:32:51 PM EST
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