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Born in Stockholm, Gösta Bagge was named leader of the National Organization of the Right after the sudden retirement of Arvid Lindman in 1935. He remained its leader until 1944. He was a social conservative politician within the rightist party, but had a liberal view of economics. He was a harsh critic of the economic policies of the social democratic finance minister Ernst Wigforss. Bagge was also minister of ecclesiastical affairs (Minister of education, science, culture, sports and church) in the coalition government from 1939 to 1944.
In government he was the leading supporter of Finland's fight for survival against the Soviet Union and wanted to give aid to the Nordic neighbor country. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1933.
In popular culture
In the Swedish television movie, Four Days that shook Sweden - The Midsummer Crisis 1941 , from 1988, he is played by Swedish actor Per Sjöstrand .
- "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
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