Radio Sweden Tuesday

Sweden’s slave trade. We uncover the dark secrets.

And as the Linnaeus festivities continue, we talk to one Swede at the Chelsea flower show who’s raising a raising a glass or two in celebration to the great man.

Closing Music: Sonny Rollins ”Toot,Toot, Tootsie”

Sweden is going Carl Linnaeus mad this week, with a whole range of festivities taking place to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the world famous botanist, scientist and explorer.

Now a show garden called a ”Tribute to Linnaeus” has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. The garden was designed by the eminent Swedish landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell and he told our reporter Azariah Kiros how he felt about receiving the prize:

Although Great Britain abolished slave trading 200 years ago, Professor Dick Harrison from Lund University tells our reporter Tom McAlinden how the Swedes were still happily buying and selling people decades later...and brought some of their slaves to Sweden: