Inside Sweden

2006 was the Year of Cultural Diversity. And 2007 is the year of Flower Power celebrating the life of Carl von Linné, Sweden’s most famous natural scientist. We’ll find out about both in this edition of Inside Sweden.

We’ll also bring you the second and final part of our series on national conscription: Dave Russell explores the world of the military.

Closing Music: Svensk Kammarorkester ”Adagio Cantabile”

Some 20 percent of Sweden’s population of nine million are made up of people who either were born outside the country or children to parents from other countries. In spite of the fact that that makes this Nordic nation truly multi-cultural, the cultural output does not always reflect that reality. That was the main reason why 2006 was declared the Year of Cultural Diversity. Has it made a difference? Azariah Kiros spoke to Yvonne Rock, the national co-ordinator of the Year of Cultural Diversity. 

Time now for the second and concluding part of our mini series on Sweden’s system of National Military Service. In Part Two, Dave Russell finds out whether Conscription has a future in Sweden.

2007 marks a very special anniversary here in Sweden. And it’s an event that the country will be celebrating on many levels, both here and abroad. Radio Sweden’s Juan Navas has more.