Olof Palme - 25 years after his death

Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was gunned down on a Stockholm street on February 28, 1986. One man was convicted of the crime, then released on appeal. The investigtion officially continues, but the chances of solving the murder after all this time grow slimmer. 

Twenty-five years after the killing, Radio Sweden looks back at Olof Palme, his legacy, and the unsolved crime.

  • Still no justice.

    On Sunday it is thirty years since the murder of Sweden's then prime minister Olof Palme. The anniversary has brought a by-now familiar review of the various police leads that have been followed over the years, but also a number of new interviews to try to pin down who he was and what his legacy is.

  • Kristina Lindström

    The figure of murdered prime minister Olof Palme cast its shadow over Swedish film and television in 2012. Not least because of the documentary film "Palme", which was one of the most popular films in cinemas this year, which is remarkable for a documentary.

    The film has been nominated for several Swedish Film Awards, Guldbaggen, or Gold Bug. It features music by Benny Andersson from ABBA, and contains never before seen super 8 home movies donated by the Palme family. Directors Maud Nycander and Kristina Lindström wanted to show a new side to the much loved politician.

    Our reporter Sophie Vukovic caught director Kristina Lindström right after it had been announced that "Palme" was nominated for a Guldbagge, in the categories of Best Documentary, Best Editing, and Best Music.

  • Olof Palme's murder – 26 years on

    High-profile detective Dag Andersson will take over the investigation into the murder of former prime minister Olof Palme in 1986, according to tabloid Expressen.

  • New film

    Twenty-six years after he was shot to death on the streets of Stockholm, Olof Palme is still making headlines in Sweden today. But instead of new theories or conspiracies regarding the former prime minister's still unsolved murder, an upcoming documentary film looks back at the controversial life of the politician and family man, and aims to solve the question -- "Who was Olof Palme?" and why did he draw such strong adverse opinions? 

  • Swedish prosecutors say they received information about the unsolved 1986 murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme from the late wife of Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing before she died.

    Deputy prosecutor general Kerstin Skarp said in a statement “I can confirm that Eva Rausing contacted the Palme investigators and that we have received information from the British authorities.”

  • The grave of the murdered Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme has been vandalized. A passerby Thursday morning discovered someone had spray-painted Palme’s headstone.

    Palme was shot down on a downtown Stockholm street at the end of February 1986, and his murder is still unsolved. The grave is in a churchyard a few blocks from the place the prime minister was killed.

  • Olof Palme

    In this 25th anniversary day of the murder of the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, top level politicians and average citizens have been placing flowers on the grave at a downtown Stockholm church yard.

  • olof palme

    In the world of the Cold War Olof Palme tried to tread a middle line, between the two superpower blocs around the USA and the USSR. Part of this was his criticism of these blocs - the US invasion of Vietnam, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and another part of this was his work on disarmament.

    One of those who knew Palme best was David Owen, now Lord Owen - a politician also involved on the left wing, but in Britain. First in the Labour Party, then one of the founders of Britain's Social Democratic Party in the 1980s.

  • olof palme

    The murder of Sweden's erstwhile prime minister Olof Palme remains one of the nation's greatest crime mysteries, even now, 25 years after the fact. Why?

  • Olof Palme Anniversary

    Media interest is huge ahead of next Monday's 25th anniversary of the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and at a press conference on Monday, investigators revealed that over the years 130 people have confessed to the unsolved crime.

    Lead investigator Stig Edqvist told journalists that the last confession came "a few years ago" but was dismissed like all the others, while two to three tips are still coming in daily.

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