Radio Sweden turns 75!
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.