Non-socialist economic area

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The term Non-Socialist Economic Area ( NSW ) was used in official parlance in the GDR to differentiate it from the member states of the Council for Mutual Economic Aid (RGW) for all states that were not based on socialist economic principles ( central administration , public property, etc.). The abbreviation NSW was primarily used in connection with economic relationships (e.g. NSW imports, exports, business trips).

The term “ capitalist foreign countries ” (KA), which was used to refer to the states understood ideologically as “ class enemy ”, including the Federal Republic of Germany , was more narrowly defined .

In the GDR , the acronym NSW was also ironically interpreted in everyday language as "non-socialist West". Instead of NSW, the acronym NSA for non-socialist foreign countries is also used in some documents .

The spellings NSW and KA were also in use. Related to the term is the designation “SA” for “ socialist foreign country ” or “SW” for socialist world system or socialist world economic system or SW for socialist economic area.

For example, the pilots of the GDR airline Interflug were divided into three reliability categories: 1. KA: Capitalist foreign countries - 2. NSW: Non-socialist economic area - 3. SW: Socialist economic area ; The classification resulted in the routes on which a pilot was allowed to be deployed.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dictionary of Economics - Socialism. Dietz, Berlin 1973, p. 825ff.
  2. ^ The scientific libraries in the GDR and the acquisition of literature from the non-socialist economic area (NSW). Memories of an Insider - LIBRARY Research and Practice. Volume 25, Issue 3, pp. 339-364.
  3. : The other "Deutsche Lufthansa": INTERFLUG founded 50 years ago , on July 1, 2005, accessed on February 6, 2016.