Almedalen Week Under Way
Almedalen Week is underway in Visby, on the island of Gotland.
The entire Swedish political community, from national and local politicians to political journalists and every kind of union, lobbyist and interest group, have gathered on the Baltic island.
Ahead lies a week of speeches, seminars, breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings, exhibitions, and even political rock concerts.
It’s been called a ”rock festival for politics”.
The event goes back more than 40 years, and Olof Palme, later prime minister, then a leading Social Democrat who had a summer house on the neighboring island of Fårö. The local Social Democrats asked Palme to give a speech in the medieval city of Visby. The idea of an annual speech grew and later moved to the Almedalen park, on the edge of Visby.
The Almedalen Week was officially inaugurated in 1982, with economic seminars organized by the Social Democrats. The opposition political parties were forced to take part as well.
This year, an election year, there are more than 400 events scheduled, and more than 400 journalists accredited. Radio Sweden will be covering Almedalen Week extensively in our programs this week.