Radio Sweden Thursday
Sweden, a country that prides itself on its neutrality and avoidance of war for the past 200 years, also has a lucrative arms industry. We find out more about Sweden’s often controversial weapons sales.
We hear about the concept of risk and how best to coordinate multilateral cooperation in the search for common solutions to common problems.
And in another example of Sweden’s generous welfare state faltering, we hear about single parents increasingly turning to charities for help in paying for their childrens’ traditional summer holiday activities.
Closing music: Bo Kasper’s Orkester, ”Hund”
The concept of risk was one of the themes for the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) annual ’state of world security’ report which came out recently.
The chapter on risk analysis was written by the outgoing SIPRI director, Alyson J. K. Bailes. She argues that an understanding of the risks we face today can help to harmonise and coordinate multilateral cooperation in the search for common solutions to common problems.
An increasing number of single parents are turning to Sweden’s most famous children’s charity for help in paying for their sons and daughters’ summer holiday activities. The organisation Majblomman - Mayflower - says it has been overwhelmed with applications for financial allowances this year.
Few subjects kindle as much burning controversy in Sweden as arms exports – with peace doves insisting that the sales of weapons used to kill people abroad damages Sweden’s attemps to act as a peace mediator.
The hawks argue that even a neutral nation like Sweden has to have a strong defence which demands foreign sales, and that others would grab the deals if Sweden abstains.