The gay opera singer turned TV star Rickard Söderberg kicks off this year's "sommar" program on Swedish Radio, with a look at the female singers who influenced him.
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- Broadcast since 1959.
- Unofficial national holiday.
No public holiday is arguably more quintessentially Swedish than Midsummer - that day when Swedes pack it in, head for their summer homes and proceed to dance like frogs around a leaf-covered pole.
- Trolls and fairies.
On Midsummer Eve on Friday, up to 25,000 people will come to Stockholm's Skansen folk history museum and park to watch the dancing around the Midsommarstång, or Midsummer Pole. Listen to this rehearsal for a peak preview.
- ...and all that winter darkness?
During the dark winter months, Swedes long for the endless, bright summer evenings, a Midsummer Night's Dream , if you like. But those long daylight hours, can be a nightmare for some Swedes, who have trouble sleeping.
- On eve of major Midsummer holiday travel.
All rail traffic between Stockholm’s Central and Southern stations closed down for much of Thursday, following a cable fire in a tunnel earlier in the day. The halt, which affects both the mainlines to Gothenburg and Malmö, as well as commuter trains, is expected to be over sometime during the evening.
- Mutual benefits.
The Swedish government is to give the American FBI law enforcement agency access to its database of 165,000 fingerprints taken from those supected of or convicted of crimes.
- Fittja in Stockholm county.
Sweden's police officially named new areas of the country where they want more resources to fight crime, and Radio Sweden talked to local residents.
- Encounter over the Baltic Sea.
A Russian fighter plane flew close to a Swedish surveillance plane on Monday, in an incident that has been called very unusual.
- Instruction in Arabic.
On Tuesday, teachers newly arrived in Sweden from across the Arab world were celebrating the end of their six-month fast-track course at Stockholm University. To cut the time it takes them to start teaching in Swedish schools, much of the course was taught in Arabic.
The Norwegian government has announced that all plans for the controversial monument for the Utöya terrorism victims are to be shelved.
- Analysis of 140 cases.
Despite decisions by the National Board for Consumer Disputes, cosmetic surgery clinics often fail to pay back money to customers who have been scarred or injured.
- Urgent measure.
This week the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries started talks with unions on new subsidised jobs for refugees. But job agency Randstad fears the measure might hold back skilled migrants.
- Newly arrived.
The government is adding extra money to try to boost its initiative to create 'extra jobs' in the public sector for those who are far from the labour market. The response so far has been slow.
- Security fears.
The small Liberal Party wants to temporarily stop deportations to Afghanistan due to the security situation, but it is unclear whether the bigger opposition parties will support this move.
- Industrial dispute.
After over a year of industrial conflict at the container port in Gothenburg, the employer APM Terminals has given notice that they plan to lay off 160 people, just over a third of its staff.
- Increased number.
A record number of cruise ship tourists are expected to descend on Stockholm this year. The cruise ship companies are re-locating trips from the "unstable geopolitical situation" in the Eastern Mediterranean to the Baltic, according to Ports of Stockholm.