The situation in Ukraine and the Middle East has entered the Swedish election debate, with the leading government party, the Moderates, warning that an increased influx in refugees will affect Sweden's finances.
- Opposition finds move "strange".
- 20 augusti kl 15:02
Reporter from P4 Halland on the heavy flooding
Heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides today in western Sweden. And the Swedish weather service warns that showers and thunderstorms could intensify. Swedish Radio`s local reporter Henrik Martinell gives an update on the natural disaster. Reporter: Nathalie Rothschild.Rails and highway underwater.
The heavy rains in Western Sweden have caused flooding and minor landslides. On Wednesday afternoon the Swedish Met Office upgraded its weather warnings for the areas south and west of Lake Vänern.
- European championships.
Swimmer Sarah Sjöström won a third gold medal in the European championship in Berlin on Wednesday.
- 20 augusti kl 15:13
Teaching as a calling
School starts again this week and teachers and students are going back to the classrooms after the summer holidays. Meanwhile, the nation`s education debate rumbles on, with politicians competing with promises of higher pay and better career development for teachers - as a way to attract more people into the profession. But the author of a new book says the strong focus on teacher`s pay is misguided - instead we should go back to thinking of teaching as a vocation. Reporter: Ulla Engberg."Professional ethos destroyed".
Should teachers be more inspired by Florence Nightingale and see their job as a calling? Author and researcher Johan Wennström thinks it is high time this happened.
- Deficiencies found for minority languages.
Sweden is expected to receive criticism from the Council of Europe for deficiencies in its program to offer school courses to children who speak minority languages at home.
- Activists to build a "human chain."
Activists from 14 European countries are expected to protest the planned expansion of a brown coal mining operation in Eastern Europe, which will be operated by Vattenfall, a Swedish power company owned by the Swedish government.
- (2:11 min)20 augusti kl 16:27
Mixed takes as major Stockholm highway project gets underway
Politicians dug the first symbolic shovel full of dirt yesterday for a major highway project just west of Stockholm. The Stockholm bypass is meant to relieve traffic congestion in the city. But there are many who think the capital should invest in public transportation instead of roads. Reporter: Brett Ascarelli.Bypass would relieve through-city congestion.
Politicians dug the first symbolic shovelful of dirt on Tuesday for a major highway project just west of Stockholm, meant to relieve traffic congestion in the city. But there are many who think the capital should invest in public transportation instead the bypass.
- (5:49 min)20 augusti kl 13:58
Sävsjö celebrates Jonas Bronck, Swedish founder of the Bronx
This weekend a party is kicking off in southern Sweden to celebrate the 375th anniversary of one Jonas Bronck`s arrival in New York City. He was the first Eruopean settler in what later became known as the Bronx. Roy Gustafsson, co-founder of the Jonas Bronck Center, took time out from preparations to speak to Radio Sweden. Reporter: Nathalie Rothschild.From Småland to the Big Apple.
This weekend the tiny town of Sävsjö will celebrate native son Jonas Bronck, who, some 375 years ago, arrived and settled as the first European in the New York City borough of the Bronx.
- 20 augusti kl 10:17
Roma group launches internship program with police
Almost a year ago the newspaper Dagens Nyheter revealed that the police in southern Sweden were keeping a database of more than 4,000 Roma. The news shocked the country, and several constitutional experts remarked that it violated several laws. Now a Roma youth organization has launched an internship program in an effort to rebuild trust and understanding between them and the police. Reporter: George Wood.Interns with the Skåne police.
Almost a year ago the newspaper Dagens Nyheter revealed the shocking news that the police in the region of Skåne were keeping a database of more than 4,000 Roma. Now a Roma youth organization has launched an internship program in an effort to rebuild trust and understanding between young Roma and the police.
- Climate change, rains and increased winds to blame.
New research shows sea levels around Swedish coasts have risen much faster than the global average during the last two decades.