Radio Sweden's coverage of the arts in Sweden
Stockholm's first international Ingmar Bergman festival is underway - a dedication to the late Swedish film and theater director admired by many around the globe. The 11-day festival includes performances by prestigious foreign drama companies, face-to-face meetings between the audiences and the actors, seminars, films, photo exhibitions and radio plays.
The sea-exploring passion of the Vikings still holds its spell over Swedes who rightly consider themselves a seafaring nation. Sweden has one of the highest numbers of boats per capita in the world. The archipelago with its thousands of islands is a magnet not only for the nature loving Swedes but also for an increasing number of foreign tourists. Small boating towns along the coast dormant in winter wake up in summer, buzzing with life and boat traffic.
Read more Boat Life in the Archipelago
Swedish followers of the ancient nordic mythology Asatro are demanding burying grounds separate from church graveyards. Henrik Hallgren, president of Sweden’s Asatro association told the news agency TT that he had contacted the church’s cemetery administration to apply for suitable property. A church spokesman said that there are no real obstacles to grant burying grounds to non-Christian congregations, even if they are of heathen nature. Recently the authorities in Norway and Denmark announced that they will allow pagan burials for Asa worshippers.
Sweden’s EU Commissioner Margot Wallström has gotten involved in the debate over the Internet and file-sharing.
She’s written to the head of the commission, José Manuel Barroso, calling on the EU to take the initiative and listen to what people are saying. The TT news agency says that in her letter Wallström, who is a commission vice president, says that issues of individual rights, copyright protection, consumer questions, and fighting crime have to be taken on in a new and broader approach.
The widespread criticism in Sweden of an EU-mandated law to stop file-sharing has led to the Pirate Party, which wants to decriminalize downloading, apparently about to win at least one seat in the European Parliament.
Read more Wallström Enters File-sharing Fray
The Swedish government has approved returning human remains from museums here to New Zealand and Hawaii.
The Museum of World Culture will be returning parts three skeletal remains, probably of Maori origin, to the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.
The Museum of National Antiquities will be returning five craniums from Hawaii to the organisation Group Caring for the Ancesstors of Hawai’i.
Previously Stockholm’s Museum of Ethnography, part of the Museum of World Culture, has returned aborigine skeleton remains to Australia and a totem pole to British Colombia.
The Swedish Parliament has passed a new law, establishing Swedish as the primary language of the country.
Under the legislation, as society’s common language, Swedish should be available in all areas. This is seen as answering concerns that English has begun to eclipse Swedish in the academic world here. The law is also intended to strengthen Swedish as an official language of the European Union.
The legislation also means more support for Swedish sign language, as well as the five national minority languages: Sami, Finnish, the Finnish dialect of the Torneå Valley, Romani, and Yiddish.
When speaking of Swedish food, one has to consider different climate and geographical conditions in this long country stretching from the polar circle to the heart of Europe. So food from the fertile Skåne in the south differs greatly from the diet in the north, adjusted to the hard growing conditions. Never the less the Swedish cuisine in its variety is making its way to the top-restaurant menus now more than ever but falling out with working mums and hamburger loving kids in Swedish homes.
Read more Swedish Cuisine on the Rise
The house of Sweden's late film maker Ingmar Bergman on the isle of Fårö is on sale. The Bergmancenter, the foundation of the legendary Oscar-winning director, has told news agency TT that a severe lack of money is the main reason for selling the property - which among other features includes Bergman's own cinema. British luxury real estate company Christie's have been assigned with the sale. Neither the minimum price nor the expected final sum are known. (ah)
January 18th sees the 12th annual P3 Guld music awards held in Gothenburg, and the nominees for the prestigious prizes have now been announced. Dance star Avicii leads the field with four nominations, but otherwise P3 Guld is mostly known for promoting up-and-coming acts that might not yet be household names.
Read more P3 Guld nominees announced
Sweden and Indonesia may be continents apart, but when it comes to the punk subculture, the two countries have a lot in common, according to Erik Hannerz, a sociologist at Uppsala University who spent time with Swedish and Indonesian punks as part of his research. Hannerz found that Indonesian and Swedish punks' views of society - and of themselves - are very similar.
Read more In Sweden and Indonesia punk's not dead
British BBC4 will this evening be showing the Swedish TV-series "Never dry tears without gloves" on the outbreak the aids epidemic in Sweden in the 1980s.
The three part series, based on a trilogy of books and a script by the author Jonas Gardell, has won universal acclaim in Sweden and last year earned Gardell the title "Swede of the Year" by the magazine Fokus.
Read more BBC shows Gardell's TV-series on AIDS-epidemic
The newly elected archbishop of Sweden says she was not prepared for the outpouring of hatred against her on Internet forums and Twitter.
Read more Archbishop shocked by on-line anti-Islam attacks
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could write himself into the history books Wednesday evening. The Swedish striker will play for Paris Saint-Germain against Olympiakos in the Champions League tonight, but it is off the pitch where the 32 year old could be making all the headlines.
Read more Zlatan up for top sports book award
Sweden will compete in the first semi-final of next year's Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union has announced.
Read more Sweden to sing in first Eurovision Semi-Final
An advert for Volvo Trucks featuring "the muscles from Brussels", Jean-Claude van Damme, may soon feature at the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris.
Read more Van Damme ad to feature at Louvre?