From the archives

Here are some of the more memorable programmes from Radio Sweden’s 75 year history (including our 70th anniversary special, pictured here to the right).

To listen to some of the older programs you may have to have Real Audio installed on your computer:

  • Star of "La Dolce Vita".

    Swedish film icon Anita Ekberg passed away in January 2014, at the age of 83.

  • From 1968 to 2018.

    Radio Sweden has been covering Swedish elections since the 1940's. Here are some of our election specials from through the decades:

  • In a special programme originally broadcast on the 20th anniversary of his murder, we took a look at  the man, the politician and the statesman with the help of those who knew him closely. We asked the questions - why was Olof Palme adored by some and loathed by others? And will Swedes ever find out who murdered their Prime Minister?

  • Irreverent and cheeky.

    The Radio Sweden Saturday Show was born one rainy Saturday night back in 1967.

  • Sweden was hit by another high profile murder in 2003, when Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was fatally stabbed in a Stockholm department store. Sweden was plunged into shock, just days before the Euro referendum.

  • The South-East Asian Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004 shocked this country, with hundreds of Swedish holidaymakers in the disaster area.

    Radio Sweden looked at the devastating catastrophe, one year on.

  • The sinking of the Estonia ferry was Europe’s worst post-war maritime disaster. It claimed the lives of 852 people, many of them Swedes. In a special programme, one decade later, Radio Sweden investigated the sinking of the ship, why the cause of the tragedy still divides opinion and why many want the investigation into its sinking re-opened.

    We marked the 10th anniversary of the disaster in 2005 with a special program.

  • Broadcast from the new shortwave transmitter station in Hörby, May 8, 1952. Mostly in Swedish, but with an introduction in English (after 1 minute and 40 seconds) and later a short contribution in English from Anthony Baird about the English Service. (Starts at about 5 minutes 30 seconds from the beginning). The final minute of the broadcast was also in English.

  • Radio Sweden has been broadcasting since 1939. Here's how we marked our 70th anniversary, live from Studio Five, in front of an audience at Broadcasting House.

    Part of the celebration was also a special feature on Radio Sweden's history.

  • Over the years, Radio Sweden has left the studio for live broadcasts from around the country, and abroad.

    We've been around Stockholm, in Gävle to the north, Malmö in the south, and even in Brussels.

  • The annual week of heavy politics in Almedalen park, in Visby on the island of Gotland, is a major event in the Swedish political calendar, inspired by then Prime Minister Olof Palme.

    Here is Radio Sweden's coverage, going back to 2009.

  • Thousands of Swedes and tourists gathered outside Stockholm’s royal place September 15, 2013 to celebrate King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 40th year on the Swedish throne.

    The celebration followed a series of activities including a special service at the palace chapel and a jubilee concert.

    In 1988 Radio Sweden's Arariah Kiros interviewed the monarch, about his then 15 years on the throne.

  • There is one Swedish author on the lips of book lovers around the world at the moment, Stieg Larsson, whose Millennium Trilogy has been a smash hit both here in Sweden and abroad. But it’s a success the journalist and author never got to see, dying at the age of only 50 before he could finish his 4th detective book in the series which has captured an international audience.

    Now Stockholm’s City Museum has launched special tours in the footsteps of the characters of his best-selling novels.

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