Joining us in the Radio Sweden studio this Friday is editor-in-chief of the newspaper 8 Sidor, Malin Crona. She has worked in the Swedish media for fifteen years, and took on the job as head of the paper last year. Somewhat in the media shadow, 8 sidor, or eight pages in English, provides news and information in easy-to-read Swedish, free from all the jargon you often find in the rest of the media.
Currently the paper survives on official funding and subscriptions, but this funding has recently been up for debate. A recent government-sponsored study says the paper and its organisation should be part of a state agency. Hear Malin Crona discuss this and what makes 8 Sidor unique and important.
Joining us in the studio this Friday is Stockholm-based singer and songwriter Tove Lo. Widely considered the next big Scandinavian pop export, Tove Lo Nilsson has written songs for artists like Icona Pop, Gavin DeGraw and Girls Aloud and has also launched a successful solo career.
Read more Passion and perseverance paves Tove Lo's career
Legendary magician and illusionist Joe Labero visited Radio Sweden and performed some tricks in our studio.
Read more Pure magic as Joe Labero enters the studio
She's a journalist, writer, conference moderator and film critic. She's also blind. Anna Bergholtz, 36, from Skåne, lost her sight eleven years ago. That has not stopped her reviewing films or working in journalism. As Radio Sweden's Friday guest, she tells of the experiences and attitudes towards her as a film critic.
She has made hats for celebrities such as Lady Gaga and royals in both the UK and Sweden. After spending almost five years in London working for world-famous hat maker Phillip Treacy, Malinda Damgaard has moved back to Sweden to start her own label and studio.
Read more Malinda Damgaard, milliner to the rich and famous
Baseball and softball in Sweden are admittedly small sports here. Yet Sweden fields one of the best national baseball teams in Europe. This year’s domestic season has just ended, and the play-offs start next weekend.
The Stockholm Baseball Club, which has won the Swedish championships two out of the last three years, has had a batting cage this week at the We are Stockholm festival, an event for young people at the Kungsträdgården park in the center of the city. With more than 175,000 visitors expected over the five days, it’s one of the largest youth events in Europe, with attractions in entertainment, culture…and sports.
Journalist Martin Schibbye, who spent 14 months in an Ethiopian jail before being pardoned and returning to Stockholm last year, is Saturday's guest presenter on Swedish Radio's "Sommar" programme.
Read more Friday Guest: Freed journalist Martin Schibbye
Radio Sweden's Friday guest is a man from Gothenburg who is one of the best climbers in the world. For Said Belhaj, climbing is more than a sport, it's "one of the most natural things to do..."
He started climbing in the beginning of the 90′s and has climbed mountains in over 30 countries. One of his most recent ascents was in his native Gothenburg where he climbed up the 80 metres high Gothia Towers.
Listen to Dave Russell's interview with Said Belhaj here:
Stockholm Auction House is to sell the biggest collection of ABBA memorabilia ever to go under the hammer - more than 25,000 items. Fans can go to a viewing from Friday.
The ABBA Collection belongs to one private owner, Thomas Nordin, who started his collection 39 years ago when he received the single Waterloo from his mother.
Radio Sweden's Dave Russell has met Thomas Nordin. Listen here:
Read more 25,000 ABBA items for summer sale in Sweden
The Swedish National Agency for Education and the School Inspectorate published a report Thursday, which concluded that the performance gap between the best and worst schools in the country has widened dramatically. Pupils with better off parents have on the whole benefited from the Swedish model of school choice, it says, a choice opened up by the introduction of free schools, which are publically funded, privately run education establishments.
Read more Swedish school reforms "a failed experiment"
Besides Minecraft, Spotify and Skype, this country is also the birthplace of the notorious file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. There’s widespread fast Internet, but will the infrastructure handle the shift to mobile services?
To find out about Sweden’s online world, we talked to the editor-in-chief of Computer Sweden Jörgen Lindqvist.
Gudrun Schyman, one of the most colourful politicians in recent Swedish history has made a comeback this week. Once the outspoken and controversial leader of the Left Party she quit after a tax scandal and helped start a new political movement called Feminist Initiative about a decade ago
Read more Gudrun Schyman makes national comeback
Radio Sweden's Friday guest is a man who has plenty of courage. In fact he's co-written a courage calendar which honours 365 people who in someway or another have shown exceptional courage. Former Harvard professor Brian Palmer is a social anthropologist who is now a Swedish citizen and lecturers at Uppsala University. His Raoul Wallenberg calendar was released to tie in with last year's centerary celebration of the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II.
She only took up singing a couple of years ago but a lot has happened in a very short space of time for Gothenburg singer Miriam Bryant who has been tipped for stardom in 2013. The 22-year-old's soulful voice has been compared to that of UK star Adele in the Swedish press. Her debut album "Raised in Rain" is out next week and she joined Dave Russell at Broadcasting House in Stockholm as Radio Sweden's Friday Guest.
Read more Swedish singer Miriam Bryant tipped for stardom
This week Stockholm saw the first state visit by a Turkish head of state since the days of the Ottoman Empire. President Abdullah Gül and a 200-man strong delegation was here to strengthen ties between Sweden and Turkey and move negotiations for Turkish membership of the EU forward.
Read more Was the Turkish state visit a success?