Radio Sweden Weekly: Polarized political situation during speaker's rounds, Gothenburg Book Fair, & boats at the end of their lives

24 min

Political analysis - who will form Sweden's next government? Italian and Polish translators head to the Gothenburg Book Fair. Hear what's being done to keep abandoned boats from polluting the water.

Parliament opened this week, but who's going to govern in a situation that's been called "locked"? Today, the speaker of Parliament, Andreas Norlén, who's already warned that he's not a wizard - started the task of trying to figure that out, by making his first so-called speaker-round. We speak to Professor Li Bennich-Björkman, a political scientist at Uppsala University, for analysis of the "polarized" political scene.

About three dozen translators and publishers from all over the world have received funding to attend Scandinavia's biggest book fair in Gothenburg, in an effort to increase the chances that people who speak other languages will be able to read books by Swedish authors. We hear from attendees, including Italian translator Laura Cangemi, children's book editor Stefania di Mella who works at a publishing company in Milan, and Polish translator Maciej Liguziński, who's just starting out in the business after five years studying Swedish literature and language in Poznań, Poland.

And finally, Sweden is a major boating nation, with around 900,000 leisure boats! That's more per capita than almost any other country in the world, but a sizeable number of these boats have reached a ripe old age and getting rid of them without polluting the water is proving a major headache. Two people helping out in the effort to get people to scrap their boats in a sustainable way are Josefin Arrhenborg and Maria Rindstam, and they talk about what made them change their ways.

Reporters: Ulla Engberg, Dave Russell.

Producer: Brett Ascarelli.

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