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Radio Sweden Wednesday

Published onsdag 11 juli 2007 kl 10.26
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Mona Sahlin's Almedalen debut as new leader of the Social Democrats.
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Would-be immigrants are checked by a Red Cross worker in Los Cristianos. Saturday July 7, 2007.
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Göran Persson, Jan-Åke Jonsson.

We’ll bring you a wrap from Almedalen - the political hot-spot of the summer.

Join us as we visit Övertorneå in the far north of Sweden.  Meet a former priest turned author, song-writer and poet working to keep the area’s history alive.

And as we move through Sweden, Philippe Legrain tackles concepts such as identity and belonging in his new book.  Open boarders and immigration create a win-win situation according to the economist and journalist.  

Closing Music: Lars Berghagen, STOCKHOLM I MITT HJÄRTA


It’s called the rock festival for politicians. The annual week of debates and seminars centred around the Almedalen park in Visby. We’re going to continue now with our daily wrap on what moves the political movers and shakers gathered on the island of Gotland.

Identity and belonging – two concepts that economist and journalist Philippe Legrain tackles in his new book.  And during a recent visit to Stockholm he told politicians and journalists, that immigration is a win-win situation.

Before the early 19th Century the Torne River in the far north of Sweden linked rather than divided the communities in the valley around it, but the unique cultural identity of the people has been eroded since it became the border between Sweden and Finland.

Yet with their own language and traditions, the ”Tornedalians” still see themselves as a minority group, neither Finnish nor Swedish.

Tom McAlinden takes us to the town of Övertorneå to meet up with perhaps their biggest champion, a former priest turned author, song-writer and poet who’s working to keep the area’s history alive....

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