In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Blomkvist's friend Robban mentions a government agency called the AIA (Agency for Industrial Assistance), which was supposed to "help industry in the former Eastern Bloc get back on its feet." Searching on the internet, I can't find anything about the AIA. Does anyone know if it was real, or modeled on something that was real?
Google Search for:
"Agency for Industrial Assistance" wiki
Gets me a link for this pdf that says, in reference to the translator:
Keeland was more inclined to domesticate such names; for example he translates a government agency named SIB as A.I.A.
Not sure what SIB is. Here's Wikipedia: Government agencies in Sweden.
But the PDF's Swedish section of book quotes says:
SIB stod för Styrelsen för Industriellt Bistånd
So, yeah, the SIB is whatever that is, which is not the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, as this other quote says:
En av deras tomtar hade förväxlat SIB med SIDA
One of their henchmen had confused A.I.A. with the Swedish International Development Authority
A search for "Styrelsen för Industriellt Bistånd" gives no results that aren't based on the book, so I assume it's a fictional agency.