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Hottest political conflicts, voluntary civil defence, tsunami victims' memorial  

Some of Sweden's lawmakers tell us what their really care about, as parliament's work starts again after the Xmas break. Plus as a debate about how Sweden should be defended happens at the political level, we hear from one of the voluntary organisations that organises Swedish people - and immigrants - in the event of a crisis.We end by hearing about the artworks that have made the shortlist to be the Swedish memorial for the South East Asian Tsunami.Loukas Christodoulou

Sweden in 2017: A look into the crystal ball  

A special programme looking ahead to what we can expect from 2017. In this special edition of Radio Sweden Weekly, we speak to a political analyst about what developments we will need to keep an eye on in Swedish politics this coming year, and a chief economist gives us the low-down on the economic forecast for 2017.We also get a sneak preview of one of the big infrastructure projects that will come into service this year.In addition, we speak to director Janus Metz about his upcoming film about the iconic rivalry between tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe. Why is their story still relevant today?Producer/presenter: Ulla Engberg

Filter bubbles, migration and climate change  

In the last programme of 2016 we look back at some of the big themes that have affected Sweden this year. We ask an analyst whether Swedes are dividing up into "filter bubbles" due to their love of social media.We hear about the continued impact of last year's record migration, for those who have moved here and for the local authorities who struggle to find housing.And as the government boasts of the "greenest budget ever" yet the junior Green party itself was hit by a series of resignations and falling polls, we ask a climate policy analyst whether Sweden's government is delivering anything special in the fight against global warming.Producer: Loukas Christodoulou

Radio Sweden's holiday special  

This week we take a break from the news cycle to bring you a seasonally inspired podcast. In this special edition we talk about the dark Swedish winters and how they affected Swedes throughout history.We hear how one Christmas tune became a monster holiday hit.And we learn what to bring along to keep warm at a bandy match this week.Producer/presenter: Frank Radosevich.

Can Sweden act on Aleppo, fake news and how farming is vulnerable to crisis  

Amid reports of atrocities in Aleppo, Sweden's government has said action must be taken. Experts explain what Sweden can do, and what limits there are on action. We'll also be hearing about how this country itself is more vulnerable to a long crisis, compared to during the world wars and the Cold War.And we'll hear about a newspaper that's trying to help people spot fake news.Producer: Loukas Christodoulou

Food waste, consultant scandal and Pisa  

The colossal amount of food thrown away is a feature of Nobel Week and we look at the millions paid to consultants to help run Stockholm's public funded hospitals. And Sweden climbed up the Pisa school league tables this week but should we take them with a pinch of salt?Producer/presenter: Dave Russell

Immigrantion tensions, better grades for schools and a flaming goat  

Sweden's government is telling local municipalities to start housing newly arrived immigrants... Or else. Math and science scores are up for Swedish pupils but there's still work to be done in the classroom. And a massive goat about an hour's drive north of Stockholm was burnt to a crisps by vandals. Stay tuned and we'll explain more.Producer/presenter: Frank Radosevich.

Ericsson's bribery woes and Sweden's Black Friday deals  

Telecoms giant Ericsson is dogged by new bribery allegations. And Swedish retailers gear up once again for the all-American frenzy of Black Friday. Also find out what life is like as a young refugee living without any family in Sweden’s northwest.Producer/presenter: Frank Radosevich.

Neo-Nazis on the march, Sweden's potential e-krona, and Santas on the run  

We speak to the Expo Foundation about the latest protest from neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, and hear what the Swedish constitution says about allowing demonstrations from such groups. The Swedish central bank, the Riksbank, is looking into whether or not it should issue electronic money, dubbed the 'e-krona.' We also hear about one former London resident's charity event that involves people running through Stockholm's Old Town – wearing Santa suits.Producer/Presenter: Karin Nilsson

Swedes react to shock US election result  

Our reporters talked to political leaders and ordinary Swedes, who gave their opinions on the surprise result.  A poll before the election found that, if Swedes had been given a vote, they would have gone for Clinton by 6 to 1.Producer: Loukas Christodooulou

Huge Swedish coverage of US election, Pope's visit to Sweden and swim star's split from longtime coach  

We speak to the presenter of Sweden's US election night coverage and ask whether the blanket coverage is over the top. Also views from the Democratic and Republican side here in Sweden. We also review the Pope's visit to Sweden - was it a success? and why were some women upset over what he said on the plane home to Rome. Produced and presented by Dave Russell.

Papal visit, daylight-saving time, and the latest Nordic Noir crime drama  

Pope Francis unexpectedly accepted an invitation from the Church of Sweden and this Monday, he's coming to Lund. Hear the reactions from a Catholic priest and from one dedicated Lutheran. Winter is coming to Sweden, but some MPs want to change that – by an hour. We also talk to Björn Stein, one of the directors behind The Bridge, about the new Nordic Noir crime drama Midnight Sun.Producer/Presenter: Karin Nilsson

Deadly school attack 1 year on, creepy clowns and the saving power of smart phones  

One year after three were killed during a racially motivated school attack in Trollhättan, school leaders in Sweden are still coming to terms with new security needs. Also, Swedish police are growing tired of investigating cases of creepy clown sightings as copy-cats spread the viral phenomenon across the country. And, Stockholmers, if you have a spare room the city is encouraging you to rent it out a newly arrived immigrant.Finally, over at the National Museum of Science and Technology, a new exhibits looks at how mobile phones and apps shaped the journeys of tens of thousands of migrants to Europe last year.Producer/presenter: Frank Radosevich.

Nobel fever continues, a national sperm shortage and sport-fishing under threat  

Should Bob Dylan have won the Nobel Prize in Literature? And why did contract theory lead to a Nobel economics prize? Those questions and more answered in this edition of Radio Sweden Weekly. We also hear about the reproductive-health clinics that launched a national awareness week to boost the supply of eggs and sperm in Sweden. And we speak to a sport-fishing enthusiast who says the Öresund strait should be left free from interference from Brussels.Producer/presenter: Nathalie Rothschild.

What's the atmosphere like at the Nobel Prize announcements?  

The first three Nobel Awards were announced this week, for theoretical contributions to hard science. And we hear how a proposal might mean Sweden abolishing the crime of rape, for a focus on consent. Producer/presenter: Loukas Christodulou

Bringing back military service, Trump support, Electric cars and craft beer  

We take a look at Sweden's plans to boost troop numbers with a modern form of conscription. Trump supporters post TV debate, Nobels preview and Craft beers explosion. Produced and Presented by Dave Russell

Budget unveiled, books on sale and a burnt forest regrows  

The government wants to give billions of extra kronor to police, the Migration Agency and the social welfare system next year. We look at where the money is going and who's footing the bill. We also read up on a controversy regarding the limits of free speech at the Gothenburg Book Fair. Join us as we visit the site of Sweden's worst forest fire in modern times. The 2014 blaze wiped out stretches of forest in Västmanland county in central Sweden but nowadays life is slowly coming back to the area.And the recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Award are announced honoring pioneers for justice, truth and peace-building. Four winners share this year’s award, which is often dubbed the alternative Nobel Prize.Producer/Presenter: Frank Radosevich

Swedish spaceships, secular ceremony for the Riksdag, and EU meets without UK  

As the Riksdag opens to the sound of the electric guitar, Radio Sweden investigates how Swedish technology could help take humans to Mars, and what EU leaders want to get done without Britain present. As the Riksdag opens to the sound of the electric guitar, Radio Sweden investigates how Swedish technology could help take humans to Mars, and what EU leaders want to get done without Britain present.

Macchiarini case developments, Paralympics, organic farming, and two rival boxers  

The Macchiarini case casts a shadow over the Nobel Prize as the Karolinska Institute is criticised in a new report. Also hear about how the trend for eco-friendly food is affecting organic farms. We also hear from the chair of the Swedish Paralympic Committee about Sweden's medal hopes in Rio, plus a report ahead of a boxing match between to Swedes with a very strong dislike for each other.Producer/presenter: Karin Nilsson

Hospital censures surgeon, drinking water safety, and why co-ed is key for gym class  

A review requested by Karolinska University hospital had strong words of criticism against disgraced surgeon Paolo Macchiarini. And hear about the hidden menace in our tap water. This week's program also asks why shouldn't boys and girls go to separate gym class.Presenter / Producer: Dave Russell.

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