Sweden Today, presented by George Wood on the first Saturday of each month, presents voices from this Scandinavian nation ranging from government ministers to university professors to the Swede in the street, commenting on politics, the welfare state, Swedish neutrality, sexual equality, and much more.
In the February 3 edition:
We talk to Sweden’s new prime minister, as well as the woman who will probably be leading the opposition.
Controversy over a plan to monitor all telephone and Internet traffic in and out of the country.
The Swedish counterpart to the Oscars are awarded, and 2007 marks an historic anniversary for Swedish and world science, and we talk to the first Swede in space.
In the January 6 edition:
After 14 years of waiting, Sweden’s first astronaut makes it into orbit, and the country goes space happy.
The Nobel Prizes have been awarded in Stockholm and Oslo, and we’ll also be reporting on the Right Livelihood Awards, often called the alternative Nobel Prizes.
In the December 2 edition:
- A possible lead in the 20 year old mystery of the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme
- Sweden seems to be the first choice for Iraqi asylum-seekers
- Controversy as the new center-right government starts to put its policies into effect
- Concern over the increasing support for an extreme right wing anti-immigrant party
- Sweden leads the world in the fight against climate change.
- The problems of computer game addiction
- The attractions of Swedish Lapland.
In the November 4 edition:
We’re looking at this year’s Nobel Prizes, which were announced during the first two weeks of October, and will be awarded in Stockholm and Oslo on December 10th, the anniversary of the death of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.
This year’s laureates range from a bank that gives credit to the very poor to an author who was prosecuted for reminding his countrymen about a massacre. The science prizes chart the creation of the cosmos and the secrets of our genetic coding.
In the October 7 edition:
We’ll be looking at the results of the September 17th Swedish elections, which saw the center-right opposition alliance narrowly edge out the ruling Social Democrats to take power.
We’ll be asking what the change of government will mean, both domestically and internationally, and how the Social Democrats could lose, when the economy was in such good condition?
In the September 2 edition:
Space the next frontier…Sweden as the gateway to orbital tourism.
Fair Trade…are you willing to pay a little extra for your bananas, to help a good cause?
Then, the divine Garbo….an exhibition honoring one of Sweden’s most famous screen legends.
In the August 5 edition:
We’ll mostly be talking about Almedalen, the annual week of politics on the island of Gotland, which this year was the kick-off to the campaign for September’s elections.
There’s also more on the Pirate Bay controversy and revelations of how supposedly neutral Sweden helped the United States spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
In the July 1 edition:
The controversial report from the Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The Pirate Bay shutdown, allegedly under pressure from the United States.
Sweden’s worst serial rapist confesses, the first trial against a father for forcing genital mutilation on his daughter, and a criminology prize winner’s concerns about sexual violence in war, and its aftermath.
The air ticket tax, will it actually help the environment, or just take travel away from the less affluent?
In the June 3 edition:
Where was he really? A scandal over the activities of the prime minister’s right hand man.
A terrorist plot uncovered, Sweden refuses military exercises with Israel, and a visiting Hamas official calls for dialog.
Are the so-called apathetic children faking, and is a Swedish school failing students for their political beliefs?
Lesbians have brains like straight men, why don’t more Swedes take advantage of a paid year off work, and the promise of space tourism from a base in northern Sweden.
In the May 6 edition:
Twenty years ago the first signs of the Chernobyl disaster appeared here, and radiation still remains in the Swedish environment.
Two tragedies in Baltic: More questions about the sunken Estonia ferry, and the fate of the crew of a shot down Cold War spy plane.
New research uncovers even closer links between the Swedish authorities and Nazi Germany.
Modern Sweden is heavily criticised for alleged involvement with the CIA.
Sweden’s Finance Minister promises a wave of reforms in his pre-election budget.
The World Children’s Prizes are awarded here.
Spring has finally arrived here in the north of Europe, but Swedes are already worrying about a great summer tradition.
Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds is forced to resign because of her role in closing an extreme right wing website, and just before she was due for severe criticism concerning her slow reaction to the Asian tsunami disaster.
A Swedish citizen speaks out about his treatment at a notorious Iraqi prison.
Sweden sends a totem pole home to Canada.
And Carola will once again represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. But is her song as invincible as its title?
Riots, burning embassies, soldiers attacked…Sweden was drawn into the protests over the Scandinavian publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
The government comes under fire, over the slow response to the Asian tsunami disaster.
Bird flu reaches northern Europe.
Twenty years after the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, Sweden looks back.