In Our Archives
Here we have collected some memorable programmes from Radio Sweden’s 70 year history (To listen to some of these older programs you may have to have installed on your computer):
Major News Events
- In a special programme originally broadcast on the 20th anniversary of his murder, we took a look at the man, the politician and the statesman with the help of those who knew him closely. We asked the questions - why was Olof Palme adored by some and loathed by others? And will Swedes ever find out who murdered their Prime Minister?
- Sweden was hit by another high profile murder in 2003, when Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was fatally stabbed in a Stockholm department store. Sweden was plunged into shock, just days before the Euro referendum. The day after her death Radio Sweden broadcast reaction to her death, and a portrait of someone who was perhaps Sweden’s most charismatic politician in recent years, who gained an international name and respect.
- The South-East Asian Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004 shocked this country, with hundreds of Swedish holidaymakers in the disaster area. Radio Sweden looked at the devastating catastrophe, one year on. In part one, we spoke with survivors and heroes, as well as those who have worked tirelessly to help those who made it out alive.
- Part two looked at the alleged fumbling of rescue efforts by the Swedish government and the massive political fallout that followed.
- The sinking of the Estonia ferry was Europe’s worst post-war maritime disaster. It claimed the lives of 852 people, many of them Swedes. In a special programme, one decade later, Radio Sweden investigated the sinking of the ship, why the cause of the tragedy still divides opinion and why many want the investigation into its sinking re-opened.
- Just days after the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, Sweden held a referendum on whether to drop the Swedish Krona in favour of the Single European Currency, the Euro. Swedes voted ”No”, by 56% to 42%, as Radio Sweden reported on the night of the referendum.
Radio Sweden's coverage of the annual week of heavy politics in Almedalen park, in Visby on the island of Gotland.
- Before election 2010 we broadcast live from Gävle, north of Stockholm.
- Radio Sweden has been broadcasting for 7 decades, and we have had several celebratory broadcasts over the years, looking both at the past... and at the future.
Live broadcast from Brussels December 11, 2000 (Real Audio format):
On May 6, 2011 we broadcast live from Slussen, the traffic hub of Stockholm, about to rebuilt after 20 years of planning.
World Famous Swedes
Sweden has produced many world famous sons and daughters over the years. Radio Sweden has of course spoken to, and made programmes about, many of them.
- One of Sweden’s most famous film-makers was of course Ingmar Bergman. Films such as ”The Seventh Seal”, ”Summer with Monika” and ”Fanny and Alexander” made him world famous. Radio Sweden’s Sarah Roxström spoke to him and some of his favourite actors, such as Eva Björling and Max von Sydow just after making ”Fanny and Alexander”.
- Sweden’s Hans Blix headed that International Atomic Energy Agency in the 80’s and 90’s and was the top UN arms inspectors in Iraq until his team had to pull out before the war against that country. He spoke to Radio Sweden about the accusations that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
- The year 2005 marked the centenary of the birth of . One of Sweden’s most famous exports, her name still evokes glamour and mystery, with that famous phrase ”I want to be alone”, ever attached to her name. Radio Sweden’s Juan Navas presented a special half hour program looking at the life and times of one of the world’s biggest stars, Greta Garbo.
- In a special programme on the occasion of the centennial of the birth of , we took a closer look at the second secretary-general of the United Nations who was killed in a mysterious plane crash in 1961.
- was a Swede who spent four decades crisscrossing Central Asia and discovering lost cities on the ancient Silk Road, was he ”the last great explorer”? We tried to find out in a series of programmes.
- Just who is ? In a series of broadcasts, we pit a number of famous Swedes against each other. Just who is bigger, Agnetha or Frida from Abba? Who was the better Bond Girl, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams or Izabella Scorupco? Who was the better entrepreneur, LM Ericsson or IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad? We gave you the evidence, you voted!
- Sweden is a very rich literary nation. From Strindberg and Lagerlöf to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, Swedes are not short of famous authors to look up to. Gaby Katz spoke to 5 big names in Sweden’s literary world.
In 2008 Sweden celebrated the 150th birthday of one of its most internationally famous authors, Nobel-prize winning Selma Lagerlöf. The anniversary salute includes new dramatizations of her novels, radio documentaries, television dramas about her life and loves, art exhibits, newspaper features and seminars asking if Selma was a harmless creator of fairy tales, a woman of strong passions defending gender equality, or the target of a smear campaign claming that she supported Hitler.
Carl Michael Bellman was one of Sweden’s greatest bards, and in this Radio Sweden report from 1991, Alexa Robertson meets up with a couple of British Bellman aficianados who explain their love for the work of the poet from the 18th century.
Carl Larsson is one of Sweden’s best known artists. Born in 1853, his home in Sundborn in Dalarna is now a mecca for fans of his work. In this report from 1987 Walston Wheeler visits Larssons home and speaks to one of the tour guides that shows tourists around every summer.
Eva Dahlgren has been one of Sweden’s biggest singer/songwriters for the past 30 years. She got her first hits in the late 70’s, and her success continues to this day. Her biggest hit came in 1989, it was called ”Ängeln i rummet”, ”Angel in the room”. Radio Sweden’s Keith Foster spoke to Eva in 1989, just after her latest success.
We’ve also spoken to some of the more famous figures from Sweden's neighbours, for example the Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. Beginning with the Kon Tikki raft in 1947, he led a series of expeditions on the reed boats Ra I, Ra II and Tigris. He brought fellow archeologists to Easter Island, the Maldives and Peru. But how did it all begin? What led a young zoologist from the smal town of Larvik, in Norway, to modern Viking adventures in search of the beginnings of civilization?In a two part series George Wood spoke to Thor Heyerdahl and some his colleagues.
Radio Sweden also gives you a deeper insight into life here in Sweden.
- In a special 5 part series Dave Russell examined Sweden’s system from the early nursery days to higher learning at University.
- Stockholm hosted the International Forum for Combating Intolerance in 2002. To celebrate this, Swedish Radio’s documentary group in Gothenburg recorded an hour long documentary in English, using original recordings from the Nürnburg trials, and handed the documentary out to delegates. Called ”Force by law, not law by force”, the documentary was broadcast in two parts by Radio Sweden.