Radio Sweden Ends Medium, Short Wave

Radio Sweden will terminate its medium and short wave broadcasts this October 31st in favour of web services – with Swedish Radio management  stating that is the best use of resources and in line with international trends.

The English-language service is to continue on the web and on national broadcasts.  

The Russian output will be available on the web as is the German now.

Elle-Kari Höjeberg, in charge of short and medium wave broadcasts at Swedish Radio explains  why the decision was made to wind up the broadcasts.

Among the immigrant languages, Albanian, Assyrian-Syriac and Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian are to be terminated on the same date.  Meanwhile, Arabic and Somali – the largest immigrant language groups here at present – are to be boosted.  The same applies to Romani – one of Sweden’s five official minority languages.

The Persian service is to include even Dari spoken by the rapidly increasing number of Afghan refugees coming to Sweden. Kurdish broadcasts remain unchanged.

Swedish Radio’s output in immigrant languages will be available on the web and broadcast nationally.