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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.

Violence rocks Gothenburg, life as a foreign correspondent and what your cat is really trying to tell you  

An 8-year-old boy is killed by a hand grenade, seemingly the latest victim of a gangland feud in Gothenburg. Notes from a small island as we discover the life of a foreign correspondent & human-cat communication - what are feline friends are really trying to tell us.Producer/presenter: Dave Russell

Sexual harassment, political resignations, Olympic success and priests against handing over brides  

Concerns around sexual assault at We Are Sthlm. Two Social Democrats resign: are politicians quitters? Sweden in the Olympic football final. Priests take a stand against fathers handing over brides. The We Are Sthlm festival kicked off this week and there have been several reports of sexual harassment there. We speak to young festival-goers and to journalist Paulina Neuding, who sees connections between the events at last year’s festival and the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne, which were also marred by reports of mass sexual assault.After two top Social Democrats resigned this week – for two very different reasons – we speak to political scientist Nicholas Aylott about what makes politicians quit or hold on to their jobs.Sweden’s national women’s football team plays for Olympic gold against Germany this Friday after beating Brazil on home turf in Rio. We get some game analysis from our very own football expert, Dave Russell.And we meet Georgina McEwan, one of many priests in Sweden who take issue with the tradition of handing over the bride – a ritual that is not part of the traditional Swedish church wedding ceremony.Producer/presenter: Nathalie Rothschild

"Super Sarah" in Rio, watchdog under fire, adult swim classes  

Hear about Olympic swimmer "Super Sarah" Sjöström, the under-fire Auditors, and a recent call to detain asylum seekers. We also visit a swimming class for adults in a Swedish lake. Sarah Sjöström, the Swedish swimmer who beat her own world record this week as she won a gold medal in the Rio Olympics, is now known to the Swedish public as "Super Sarah." Could she become Sweden's next Zlatan?One of the biggest news stories in the past week was a parliament hearing with the three Auditor-Generals, who have come under fire recently for irregularities revealed by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. And another hot topic this week was a call by two Sweden Democrat politicians to detain asylum seekers while they wait for a decision from the Migration Agency. We visited a swimming class for adults at a lake near Stockholm, to find out how newcomers are taking to the water. Producer/presenter: Karin Nilsson

Sweden's biobank, Pride, and veterans on the march  

Stockholm's Pride is the biggest LGBT event in Scandinavia, but we hear how it is under attack. Plus, veterans of Swedish peacekeeping can feel ignored, and are marching at the weekend.

Ericsson's financial woes, Pride, Swedish MPs on Clinton and Trump  

Find out how Telecom giant Ericsson can get through a rough patch. At Pride, some call for fewer restrictions on people with HIV. And Swedish politicians weigh in after Philadelphia and Cleveland. Hans Vestberg left his position as chief executive of Ericsson earlier this week, and analysts are predicting big layoffs at the Swedish-headquartered company. Mikael Törnwall, a former telecom expert at the newspaper Dagens Industri, tells us what he thinks the company needs to do now.If you have HIV, should you tell your sexual partner? Hear how some activists at Stockholm Pride want to make life easier for people with HIV by changing the law. We also speak to the Swedish Public Health Agency about this matter.And we hear from Swedish politicians who have been in the US for the Democratic and Republican conventions. Birgitta Ohlsson of the Liberals and Tobias Billström of the Moderates give their impressions.Producer / presenter: Brett Ascarelli

Troops to Iraq, reactions to Turkey, Utöya anniversary, boozey popsicles  

Swedish response to coup attempt in Turkey. Sweden to double number of troops in Iraq. Fifth anniversary of Utöya massacre. Should alcohol belong in frozen desserts sold in Swedish stores? Sweden's Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist announced yesterday, at the coalition meeting in Washington, that Sweden will most likely double its engagement in the fight against IS in Iraq, going from 35 to 70 troops. He also announced that Sweden has invited the coalition members for another meeting to be held in Sweden this September.The tumultuous situation in Turkey is still unfolding after last weekend's failed coup attempt and no one knows what will happen in the short or long term. But one thing is for sure, leaders in Europe are very concerned with the developments, as the government purges tens of thousands of suspected coup supporters and detaining around 9,000. President Erdogan is even calling for the possible re-instatement of the death penalty, which would make the country's bid for EU membership void. Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström has called for the rule of law to be maintained and human rights to be respected in the government's reaction to the coup attempt.Friday is the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Norway. On July 22nd, 2011, two terrorist attacks were carried out by a right-wing extremist in Norway. Eight people were killed in an explosion in Oslo and 69 were killed on the small island of Utøya, where young people from the Norwegian Social Democratic youth league (AUF) were meeting, making friends and learning about political organizing. The attacks profoundly shook Norway, reverberating throughout Scandinavia especially and further out over the entire world.Program producer: Ryan Tebo

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