Political sideshow or important forum for ideas? Sweden gets ready for "Almedalen"

Radio Sweden Friday Edition

Politicians and the media gear up for blankett coverage of next week’s annual political roadshow on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland.

But, in the studio, Sweden’s veteran political reporter tells us the once inportant forum has become a glitzy sideshow.

Swedes turn out to be one of the most content populations on the planet.

This, despite a series of new legislation that makes it illegal to charge more for women’s haircuts than men’s - and allows the much feared Swedish taxman to scrutinise foreign bank accounts.

Closing music: Uno Svenningsson ”Vågorna - The Waves”

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