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Almedalen 2012

Radio Sweden's coverage of the annual week of heavy politics on the Baltic island of Gotland

     

  • accountability and transparency

    There's been a storm of criticism against the Swedish companies TeliaSonera and Lundin Petroleum all year. One allowed dictators to spy on their citizens, the others dodged questions repeatedly about its ties to Ethiopia when two Swedish journalists were arrested there while looking into the company's past of prospecting in the area. At a recent debate, Christian aid organisation Diakonia and the human rights group Amnesty asked what is needed to make sure Swedish companies act responsibly abroad.

  • almedalen

    Former Social Democrat minister Marita Ulvskog has apologized after saying that Centre Party leader Annie Lööf would be better off on the tv show Sweden's Next Top Model, rather than politics.

  • The Centre Party at Almedalen 2012

    The Centre Party wants a "sustainable" approach to creating jobs for Sweden. In her first Almedalen speech as party leader, Annie Lööf said that would require labour laws that provide income security as well as flexibility in the labour market, with Denmark's "flexicurity" system as an example.

  • crime fiction success

    Eleven million copies sold in the UK, 18 million in the US and even the French, who are usually sniffy about crime novels, managed to buy almost 7 million copies. The sales figure of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium books will not surprise anyone. He is not alone among Swedish authors who have reaped success abroad but what have their dark tales done to the image of Sweden abroad? asks the Foreign Department and the Swedish Institute at an Almedalen seminar.

  • liberal party at almedalen

    Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund used his speech Thursday at the Almedalen Week of intense politics to criticize those who oppose immigration, drawing applause when he said Sweden should remain an open country.

    Björklund illustrated his message with a story about a child who fled from the fighting in Somalia, and spoke in favor of work immigration, saying that instead of taking jobs from Swedes, it actually creates more jobs.

  • the man who exposed the phone-hacking scandal

    Almedalen Week on Thursday saw a seminar on media featuring Guardian journalist Nick Davies, who broke the News of the World phone-hacking story, along with Swedish Radio’s Deputy Director General Cilla Benkö, and Martin Jönsson of the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

    Moderator: Helena Groll, Sveriges Radio.

  • eurozone troubles

    This afternoon Greece will begin discussions with the so-called Troika (the European Commission, IMF and ECB) to renegotiate the agreements on their emergency loans, but no matter what happens, Greece could be facing a default, according to Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg.

  • left party in almedalen

    On Left Party day at Almedalen Week, the party’s top leadership has called for a stop to profit-taking for public services outsourced to private companies.

    Recent years have seen a great increase in private companies that receive taxpayers’ money to run schools or healthcare facilities. There have been a number of scandals which revealed that services suffered, such as the neglect of the elderly in care homes, while companies took home profits.

  • According to a report presented during Almedalen Week, young people in Sweden are drinking less alcohol, and waiting longer before starting to drink.

    Håkan Leifman, the director of the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs, also says drug use here is less than it was ten or fifteen years ago.

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