National Geographic : 1964 Feb
seeing farms and exhibits of new home fur nishings. Our 16-year-old daughter Lucy Baines stayed home, but 19-year-old Lynda Bird, a sophomore at the University of Texas, came along and met student groups. Our visit began when our Boeing 707 jet landed at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport in Sweden. After the formal ceremonies of wel come, I asked my wife about her first impres sions of Sweden. She summed them up in three words: "Forests, water, and blonds." A good start. Trees account for much of Sweden's prosperity. Rivers generate electric ity, and fine harbors enhance Swedish com merce. And the largely fair-haired Swedes- more than 71/2 million of them-are the skill ful developers of these natural resources in this peaceful and democratic kingdom. The nation's map explains something about the outlook and history of the Swedes: While Danish and Norwegian Vikings looked west toward the wide seas, the Swedes faced a narrow Baltic. Thus their quests lay east and south-and landward. From the ninth to eleventh centuries, Swedish Vikings roamed inland all the way to the Black Sea. And in the 17th century, when Swedish King Gus tavus Adolphus invaded Russia and Ger many, he frightened Europe with his great land armies rather than with his fleet. Mosaic splendor of Stockholm's Town Hall surrounds banqueters at a state dinner honoring the distinguished visitor. Sweden and the United States, Mr. Johnson declared here, "stand together in championing the highest goals and greatest values of SWVEDEN human existence." Premier Tage Erlander and a host of other Swedish officials share the speakers' gleaming table (right). On the far wall, the enthroned Queen of Lake Miilaren, symbol of Stockholm, receives homage from na tions of the East and West. Nobel Prize winners are acclaimed in this great Golden Hall. American-born wife of a Swedish business man, Betty Throne-Hoist applauds Mr. Johnson.