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Radio Sweden Thursday

Tourism, isolation and gay pride were on the mind of Latvia’s President as she visited Sweden.

Girls are turning into heavyweights as Sweden’s children become more obese.

And we’ll take you to the far north of Sweden where an international community is stargazing.

Closing Music: Lisa Miskovsky, LADY STARDUST

A Swedish study, published in a Scandinavian medical journal, suggests that the number of overweight and obese children here has risen alarmingly over the past 20 years. Radio Sweden’s David Russell can tell us more:

Today we continue our conversation Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who has been visiting Stockholm. Yesterday she commented on Swedish investments in Latvia and the problems facing migrant workers. Today, we pick up the conversation for a comment on the increasing flow of tourists to the once isolated Latvia and EU concern over homophobia in the country. Bill Schiller filed the story:

Sweden’s first astronaut Christer Fuglesang was back in his homeland last week and he brought with him his crewmates from the Shuttle Discovery, to tell Swedes about their adventures onboard the International Space Station last December. But while their mission has no doubt inspired more young people here to study engineering and science, up in the far north of Sweden an international community has long had their heads well above the clouds. Tom McAlinden has more about Sweden in space:

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