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in bewilderment

in blank astonishment

The Scandinavian countries are much admired all over the world for their enlightened social policies. Sweden has evolved an

excellent system for protecting the individual citizen from high-handed or incompetent public officers. The system has worked so

well, that it has been adopted in other countries too.

The Swedes were the first to recognize that public official like civil servants, police officers, health inspectors or tax-collectors

can make mistakes or act over-zealously in the belief that they are serving the public. As long ago as 1809, the Swedish

Parliament introduced a scheme to safeguard the interest of the individual. A parliamentary committee representing all political

parties appoints a person who is suitably qualified to investigate private grievances against the State. The official title of the

person is 'Justiteombudsman', but the Swedes commonly refer to him as the 'J.O.' or 'Ombudsman'. The Ombudsman is not

subject to political pressure. He investigates complaints large and small that come to him from all levels of society. As complaints

must be made in writing, the Ombudsman receives an average of 1,200 letters a year. He has eight lawyer assistants to help him

and examines every single letter in detail. There is nothing secretive about the Ombudsman's work, for his correspondence is

open to public inspection. If a citizen's complaint is justified, the Ombudsman will act on his behalf. The action he takes varies

according to the nature of the complaint. He may gently reprimand an official or even suggest to parliament that a law the

altered. The following case is a typical example of the Ombudsman's work.

A foreigner living in a Swedish village wrote to the Ombudsman complaining that he had been ill-treated by the police, simply

because he was a foreigner. The Ombudsman immediately wrote to the Chief of Police in the district asking him to send a record

of the case. There was nothing in the record to show that the foreigner's complaint was justified and the Chief of Police strongly

denied the accusation. It was impossible for the Ombudsman to take action, but when he received a similar complaint from

another foreigner in the same village, he immediately sent one of his layers to investigate the matter. The lawyer ascertained that

a policeman had indeed dealt roughly with foreigners on several occasions. The fact that the policeman was prejudiced against

foreigners could not be recorded in the official files. It was only possible for the Ombudsman to find this out by sending one of his

representatives to check the facts. The policeman in question was severely reprimanded and was informed that if any further

complaints were lodged against him, he would be prosecuted. The Ombudsman's prompt action at once put an end to an

unpleasant practice which might have gone unnoticed.

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