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The podcast that talks to the Swedish superstars

Published fredag 24 oktober 2014 kl 15.17
"Värvet is a series of interviews with interesting Swedes"
9:58 min
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Kristoffer Triumf is the man behind the hit podcast, Värvet. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
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Even Stefan Löfven, now the prime minister, featured on the podcast, just before the election. photo: Maja Suslin / TT

One of the most successful podcasters in Sweden is Kristoffer Triumf, the man behind "Värvet", who has now made the leap into the English language.

So far, he has interviewed over 150 famous Swedes for the podcast, which is one of the most popular in Sweden.

"It's about interesting Swedes," he says to Radio Sweden.

Triumf has previously worked both as a journalist and in advertising, before turning his attention to the long-format interviews, which can be up to 90 minutes long: "I'm wildly inspired by an American guy called Marc Maron. He interviews his fellow comedians, and I found that very fascinating, to get a glance into their world", he says.

Kristoffer Triumf says he had to find his own way of doing things, and focused on being a good listener to get the most out of his interviewees.

"As I went along I realised silence isn't a bad thing. Although at the beginning I got calls from people who thought their mobile phones had died on them."

He tries to get at least two hours with his guests and also decided to take down the clock in his office, "I wanted it to be like Vegas, I want them to forget about time", he says.

And Triumf has also decided on a new challenge. Not content with his Swedish language podcasts, he has also recently started "Varvet International", a series of podcasts in English.

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