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The Greatest

Published måndag 12 februari 2007 kl 16.23
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Annika Sörenstam
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Anders Celsius
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Carl von Linné
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Greta Garbo
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Ingrid Bergman
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August
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Selma
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Björn Borg
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Ingemar Stenmark
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Carolina Klüft
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Agnetha's the blonde, Frida the brunette
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Lars Magnus Ericsson
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Ingvar Kamprad
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Bengt Wedholm
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Marcus Samuelsson
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The Cardigans
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Roxette
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Princesses Victoria (left) and Madeleine
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Benny's on the left, Björn's the one on the right

A Radio Sweden series which introduces some of Sweden’s most eminent figures through time.

Episode 14: Which aBBa?

In an earlier episode we asked you to choose between the women of the 70’s-80’s Swedish pop group ABBA. This time it’s your turn to pick your favorite among the men:

Göran Bror Benny Andersson was born December 16 1946 in Stockholm. As a teenager he joined a couple of bands but his big break was with the Hepstars. And it was when Benny was with Hepstars that he met Björn Kristian Ulvaeus ...At the time Gothenburg born Björn was a member of the Hootenannies.

A long string of hits followed for what was to become Sweden’s supergroup not to mention a Eurovision song contest win with Waterloo. But Benny and Björn were to both go through divorce from their female singing partners and in 1982 ABBA ...The group came to a close. But this was the beginning of a new episode for Benny and Björn. The following year they teamed up for the musical ”Chess”, and more recently ”Mamma Mia”.

Episode 13: The Greatest Pop Diva

Two of Sweden’s most popular female singers....both winners the Swedish finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Lena Philipsson began her musical path at her grandmother’s piano.

In the early 80’s she won the New Faces talent competition and caught the eye of a record producer.

The Swedish Eurovision song contest was about to see alot of Lena Philipsson. In 2004 Lena finally finished first in the Swedish Eurovision song contest with ”It Hurts”. The song came joint fifth in the Eurovision finals.

According to a recent tabloid poll Lena Philipsson is the woman Swedish men would like to seduce the most.

Carola Häggkvist like Lena Philipsson was born in 1966 outside Stockholm and has enjoyed more than 20 years in the business.

She made her Swedish Eurovision debut in 1983 and won the European contest in 1991. She will be representing Sweden once again at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.

Carola is clearly controversial for her close association with the Word of Life Christian fundamentalist group.



 

Episode 12 (Rerun): The Greatest Swedish Chef

Food is the flavour of this month’s Greatest. And Sweden, winner of the Food Olympics twice in a row, is certainly taking alot of the glory when it comes to its chefs.

Bengt Wedholm and Marcus Samuelsson are two names often brought up in culinary circles. 

Bengt Wedholm introduced the pizza in Sweden but his amore was fish.




Marcus Samuelsson was the youngest chef ever to receive a three star restaurant review from the New York Times.


Episode 11: Which Princess?

This month’s edition of the Greatest sparks a little royal rivalry asking you to choose between Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine.

Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree Crown Princess of Sweden - heir to the Swedish throne - and Duchess of Västergötland - was born July 14th 1977. She studied for a year in France and then onto the US where she spent two years at Yale University. Victoria has worked as a trainee at the United Nations in New York and at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC. The Crown Princess also completed an educational program with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, as well as at the Swedish Trade Council in Berlin and Paris.

Madeleine Therese Amelie Josephine Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Yästrikland was born on June 10th 1982. She’s the youngest child of the Swedish King and Queen and third in line to the throne. She graduated from the same school as her sister in 2001 and travelled to London where studied English. Then in the spring of 2002 she attended a course in law in Stockholm and studied for the European Computer Driving Licence. In 2003 the princess enrolled at Stockholm University where she studied for her degree in History of Art, Ethnology and Modern History. Just this year Madeleine moved to New York for an internship at the UN’s children’s organisation UNICEF.

Episode 10: Supergroup or Sweater Set?

In the late 1970’s Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle first crossed paths but their own successes meant it wasn’t quite time to get together. In 1986 they merged their music.

International success came with a stroke of luck... an American exchange student returned to America from Sweden and urged a radio station in Minneapolis to play ”The Look”.

Lovefool catapulted The Cardigans from cult favourite to international stardom.

The song was included on the blockbuster Romeo and Juliet film soundtrack and topped UK and US charts. 

Two Swedish Groups who have made their musical mark both at home and on the international stage ...... The 80’s supergroup or the Swedish sweater set? Who’s the Greatest...you decide.

 

Episode 9: The Greatest Sportswoman

This month a competition between two of Sweden’s top sports stars...golfing great Annika Sörenstam and Olympic champion Carolina Klüft.

Sörenstam dominates the women’s game, and was the first woman in 58 years to take on the men.

Just recently Sörenstam made history in Japan...becoming the first-ever golfer to win the same tournament 5 consecutive times at the Mizuno Classic.

Last year she became the second woman to win four titles in a row. Only Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and Tiger Woods have claimed four titles consecutively on the PGA tour.

Kluft became a household name around the world when she won a gold medal in the heptathlon at the World Championships in Athletics in Paris in 2003...becoming the third woman in history to score more than 7,000 points.

A year later she struck gold at the Summer Olympics in Athens.

This year she injured her foot the day before the World Championships in Helsinki but that didn’t stop her from striking gold again.


Episode 8: The Greatest Swedish Chef

Food is the flavour of this month’s Greatest. And Sweden, winner of the Food Olympics twice in a row, is certainly taking alot of the glory when it comes to its chefs.

Bengt Wedholm and Marcus Samuelsson are two names often brought up in culinary circles. 

Bengt Wedholm introduced the pizza in Sweden but his amore was fish.




Marcus Samuelsson was the youngest chef ever to receive a three star restaurant review from the New York Times.

Episode 7: Bond Girls

  Izabella Scorupco           Maud Adams            Britt Ekland

Forget 007.... Britt Ekland, Maud Adams and Izabella Scorupco...the three Swedish Bond Girls battle it out in this month’s Greatest adventure. Time to choose the Best Bond Girl.

Episode 6: Phones or Furniture

The founders of Ericsson and IKEA go head to head in the September edition of the Greatest.

LARS MAGNUS ERICSSON, a hardworker who knew the telephone trade inside out but was more interested in making quality products than being a famous corporate leader, and

INGVAR KAMPRAD, an enthusiastic entrepreneur who turned a simple business idea into a huge household name.

 

Episode 5: ABBA Agnetha vs Frida

In the August 2005 edition of The Greatest: Agnetha Fältskog versus Anni-Frid Lyngstad - we let you decide which of the two female singers of Sweden’s most successful pop band should be crowned the queen of ABBA.

Episode 4: Björn Borg versus Ingemar Stenmark

In the July 2005 edition of The Greatest, we compare two legendary athletes, both born in 1956, who dominated their sports in the second half of the 1970’s: tennis ace Björn Borg and alpine champ Ingemar Stenmark

Episode 3: August Strindberg versus Selma Lagerlöf

In the June 2005 edition of The Greatest, Christine Demsteader profiles two celebrated wordsmiths of the nineteenth century; August Strindberg versus Selma Lagerlöf.

Episode 2: Greta Garbo versus Ingrid Bergman.

The second edition of The Greatest profiles two twentieth century sirens of the screen.

A poor city girl who crossed the Atlantic and silenced with world with her voice. And a rising star who captured hearts and notoriously brought scandal to Hollywood.

In this edition of The Greatest - two famous female leads take centre stage - Greta Garbo versus Ingrid Bergman. Who’s the Greatest? You decide.

Episode 1: Carl Linneaus versus Anders Celsius

In the first episode of The Greatest...two 18th century Swedish scientists did battle; Carl Linneaus versus Anders Celsius. 

A number-crunching city boy who reached for the stars and became a household name; And simple lad from Småland who found solace in nature and became legendary in his field.


 

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