The daughter of actress Britta Holmberg and actor Stig Olin, Swedish film star Lena Olin made her international breakthrough with The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) in a leading part for which she won a Golden Globe. Having appeared in a number of plays and over 30 films, some by her director husband Lasse Hallström, Lena Olin will next be seen on the small screen on Swedish television in TV4's romcom series Welcome to Sweden.
Read more "It’s a fun ride": Lena Olin on life in Hollywood
It's been a busy week for Benny Andersson. The 67-year-old was at Abba's induction into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, just days after picking up the government's Music Export Prize for special honourary achievement on behalf of Abba. Radio Sweden spoke to Benny Andersson at the Music Export Prize ceremony. He tells of 40 years since "Waterloo", Universal's release of a live album from the last Abba concert at London's Wembley Arena in 1979 and the filming of the Swedish teen-witch book sensation, "The Circle".
Josefina Nilsson, or Ji Nilsson, writes and produces a pop-inspired R&B sound and has cowritten the hit single Stay Awake with Marlene that was released earlier this week. She's just finishing up the last touches to her first music video to her debut single I'm Her
She makes her own music but also writes with artists and friends Marlene, Julia Spada and Beatrice Eli, all of whom are just on the verge of breaking through with their music.
Read more "I didn't expect my music to break through"
At the age of 14, singer and dancer Anton Ewald, was already juggling a professional dancing career with homework and school.
Read more Anton Ewald: I started dancing just to get girls
For our Friday guest this week we managed to get a hold of footballer and Pop Idol winner Kevin Walker in the middle of his ongoing signing tour around the country.
Read more Pop Idol Kevin Walker on his musical journey
Cosplayers, who dress up as their favourite characters from video games, TV shows, anime, or comic books, are a huge attraction at fan conventions. The Cosplay subculture is breaking into the mainstream in several countries, including Sweden. Kimberley Åhage is a cosplay enthusiast from Stockholm and explains about her passion to Radio Sweden.
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