Radio Sweden Wednesday

On the road in Stockholm!  Congestion charges go into effect today.  Backers hailed the six-month trial as a success but motoring organisations have slammed the tax.

Also in today’s program:

An update on the peace keeping troops heading to Darfur.  UN special envoy, Swede Jan Eliasson, also calls for rebel leaders to gather in Tanzania. 

When it comes to theaters, it’s been called the ”Swedish jewel in the European cultural heritage crown”. Join us for an outing to Drottningholm.

Closing Music: E-Type, TRUE BELIEVER

The United Nations Security Council, together with the African Union, will send up to 26,000 peace keeping troops to the troubled Darfur region. Though most of the troops will be coming from other African countries, a number of European nations, including Sweden, have already offered to help with the mission. George Wood reports:

Today Stockholm joins the growing number of international cities to introduce a road toll scheme. After being run on a six-month trial basis, the congestion charge was approved in a referendum of Stockholm residents last year, and given the green light by the Swedish parliament in June. Nick Chipperfield can tell us more:

The Drottningholm Palace Theater is situated next to the Royal Family’s permanent residence, just outside Stockholm. While it is a favorite destination today, it was largely forgotten during the 19th century. Tom McAlinden went for a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and also caught up with singers from this summer’s production:

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