A proper uni, Evert Taube on the oud, and a crack-down on water pipes.

23 min

A special edition of Radio Sweden Weekly from Sweden's third largest city, Malmö, looking at how the police, universities, big business, and musicians deal with the city's diversity.

From January 1st Malmö University will for the first time be classed as a full university rather than a “högskola”, or institute of higher education. We speak to its chancellor Kerstin Tham, and to employment minister Ylva Johansson about why education is so important for getting new arrivals to Sweden into work.  

Backed by an injection of central government money, Malmö’s authorities are cracking down on the city’s sheesha clubs where people, mostly immigrants, go to smoke tobacco from water pipes. But how do those who frequent these clubs feel about the onslaught on their favourite vice? Radio Sweden visits a club and meets Jonatan Örstrand from the Malmö Police.

In February, a man was shot dead in the early evening hours on the corner of the Möllevång square in central Malmö. So why is David Polfeldt, chief executive of  the computer game company Massive Entertainment, moving his offices there?

And finally, can music help immigrants feel at home? Iraq-born musician Ali Sabah thinks so. He has set the songs of Evert Taube, one of Sweden's most-beloved balladeers, to the oud, which is a type of Arabic lute.

Producer/presenter: Richard Orange