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Subject: [OM] Re: WAS: Re: WTB: Bogen/Manfrotto 410/3275, etc. NOW: Cullman pla -> driving on the wrong side
From: Vlad the Impaler <jonas@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 10:41:37 +0200
Piers wrote: 
> PS spare a thought for the Swedes, who on "H-day" in 1967 (?) switched from
> driving on the left to driving on the right.  It must have been bad for the
> drivers - but even worse for the pedestrians.

It was in 1967, on Sept 3 I think. Actually everything went very well, with 
practically no accidents caused by driving on the wrong (left, previously 
right...) side. The switch had been prepared for at least a year, with special 
road signs being designed, buses and trams being converted with the doors on 
the other side etc, TV and radio programmes about the changeover etc.

Interestingly, cars have been left-hand drive in Sweden since the beginning, so 
driving on the left was a bit inconvenient. This I think was one of the reasons 
for the switch, along with the fact that most of the rest of Europe drive on 
the right. Sweden has always been very much for following international 
conventions, much more than other countries (at least when it doesn't suit the 
Government to ignore them, which is happening a lot more recently; everybody is 
kept to the rules except those in power who don't seem to care a damn...). Even 
the stop signs are spelled "stop" when the Swedish spelling is "stopp", 
slightly ridiculous if you ask me... 


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