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Swedish Culture

"Raggare" Sub-Culture Alive in Sweden

Published torsdag 26 februari 2009 kl 09.09
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Raggare Culture in Sweden was at its height in 1959
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Sten Berglind with his 1960 Ford Thunderbird
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Raggare enjoying a night out back in the day
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Raggare culture today
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Panic on the streets of Stockholm
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Rockabilly Music from the Jukebox

They’re called ”Raggare” and in Sweden they burst onto the scene in the late 1950’s. Known for their love of American cars and culture, Rock and Roll and Rockabilly, the sub-culture is still very much alive in this Nordic nation today. 


In this Radio Sweden Special, Dave Russell takes a look how Raggare provoked media outrage when its popularity exploded  with tales of drunken sex and violence, love of loud cars and music.


We examine the myths and reality from that time with journalist and Raggare Sten Berglind.


As well discover how a love of Classic old American cars endures today with summer car rallys drawing enthusiasts from around the world.


And we take a look at the 50’s clothes and music and ”Rebel without a Cause” attitude that still prevails in Sweden today.


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