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Radio Sweden turns 75!

Published fredag 12 december 2014 kl 09.00
Looking back at 75 years of Radio Sweden
(9:07 min)
Radio Sweden stickers, including our old mascot, Gustafsson. Photo: Agnaldo Silva
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Radio Sweden stickers, including our old mascot, Gustafsson. Photo: Agnaldo Silva
Souvenir vinyl records sent to listeners by Radio Sweden. Photo: Clara Andrade
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Souvenir vinyl records sent to listeners by Radio Sweden. Photo: Clara Andrade
Old Radio Sweden brochures. Photo: Clara Andrade
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Old Radio Sweden brochures. Photo: Clara Andrade
A short-wave tradition was sending QSL cards to listeners. Photo: Clara Andrade
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A short-wave tradition was sending QSL cards to listeners. Photo: Clara Andrade
The Saturday Show was a popular and irreverent programme in the seventies and eighties. Photo: Clara Andrade
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The Saturday Show was a popular and irreverent programme in the seventies and eighties. Photo: Clara Andrade
The Radio Sweden team c:a 1990. Photo: Kris Boswell/Radio Sweden
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The Radio Sweden team c:a 1990. Photo: Kris Boswell/Radio Sweden

Swedish Radio first started its international broadcasts in 1938, but it was not until 1939 that regular broadcasts began in English.

The first of these was broadcast on 13th December 1939 and was a presentation of the new national coalition government which had just formed as war started raging across the continent. Broadcasts in French and German were started at the same time.

Since then, Radio Sweden has been broadcasting news, views and voices from this Nordic nation, at first via short wave, then medium wave, then FM to the Greater Stockholm area, and finally via satellite and the internet. In the mid-nineties, Radio Sweden's media show MediaScan, which aired for some 20 years, was actually the first radio programme in Sweden - and the first in English in Europe - to make its sound available online.

Over the years we have spoken to luminaries such as Alice Babs, Astrid Lindgren, Abba, Olof Palme and many, many, more.

Our broadcasts have not just featured news. The Saturday Show, an irreverent and satirical comedy and music programme, was a huge hit in the seventies and eighties.

In a look back at our decades on the air, we spoke to veteran broadcaster George Wood about how the station started, and then dipped our toes into the Radio Sweden archive, to give you a sense of some of our programmes through the years.

Click below for a link to even more highlights from the past 75 years.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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