SAS and the Cold War

Sångsalen Session 4: Structured by the State – infrastructure and communication in the era of industrialization organized by Björn Hasselgren and Jan Ottosson


Jan Ottosson, Lars Fälting


During the Cold War, the interaction between the civil aviation industry and the state was transformed in Western Europe. Contrary to many other countries, the SAS, had three states, Denmark, Norway, and Norway as owners, together with representatives from private interests as well. In this paper we investigate how two NATO-states and neutral Sweden, developed the interaction between the different national states and the civil aviaton company. We will trace the origins of the SAS company and the Cold War. We will especially discuss the interaction between the three states, and the role of the SAS. The interaction between the economic defense in Sweden and the SAS will be analyzed further.


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