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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

Auditor cronyism, festival sex crimes, Öresund ID checks, Almedalen "nationalism"  

Revelations of corruption at National Audit Office, dozens of sex offenses reported at Swedish festivals, commuters still face grueling journey from Denmark to Sweden, and the take away from Almedalen One of Sweden's three auditor generals steps down after revelations of corruption at the National Audit Office. Swedish summer festivals have been getting a lot of attention, but for troubling reasons: the number of sex crimes reported. We talk to the organizer of one festival that's been in the headlines, and we hear from the National Council of Crime Prevention.How do you cure a headache that's held on for half a year? Commuters in southern Sweden would love to know. Hear from Francois, whose daily trip home from work has become a grueling journey, ever since the Swedish government instituted double ID checks for folks travelling over the Öresund bridge.And after the big political week of Almedalen wrapped up, Dagens Nyheter's political commentator, Ewa Stenberg, who covered her first Almedalen in 1993, points out that many of the party leaders' speeches involved a new element this year: nationalism.Producer / presenter: Brett Ascarelli

Almedalen Week, a license to work and female sailors  

Sweden's annual political gathering Almedalen is underway but is attending it worth the cost? And could a driver's license help integrate immigrants into the Swedish workplace? Also, the Central Bank keeps the nation's key interest rate unchanged at its current historically low level. And, Radio Sweden climbs aboard with a skipper who wants more to encourage more women to take part in the sport of sailing.Producer: Frank Radosevich.

Brits becoming Swedes, Brexit and business, Bergman on Fårö  

Brits apply for citizenship in record numbers. Experts tell us how a Brexit vote may affect Swedish politics and economy. And Bergman Week kicks off on Fårö. The Migration Agency told us that the average waiting time for Britons who want to apply for Swedish citizenship was over a year. But one of our followers says he became a Swede in just a few days.And we hear from two British nationals who live in Sweden about their takes on the referendum (just before the England-Iceland match at a pub in central Stockholm). Political science researcher Nicholas Aylott explains how the Brexit vote might affect Swedish politics going forward. And economist Anna Brehmen explains how the Swedish economy stands to be affected.An author working on a book about Ingmar Bergman says even if you don't like his films you might be impressed by his ability to direct and manage several romantic affairs simulatneously.And Aleksander Gabelic, president of the UN Association of Sweden, speculates on what direction Sweden might take on recognizing Western Sahara now that it's won the election for a UN Security Council seat.Producer: Vincent Cavalier

Brexit vote, Zlatan steps down and how to celebrate Midsummer  

Will Britain stay or go? As the country votes to decide its future with the EU, we find out what a Brexit could mean for Sweden. And despite heavy criticism Swedish lawmakers this week approved legislation that clamps down the nation's asylum rules. Plus, Zlatan steps down and Midsummer celebrations ramp up. Producer: Frank Radosevich. Will Britain stay or go? As the country votes to decide its future with the EU, we find out what a Brexit could mean for Sweden. And despite heavy criticism Swedish lawmakers this week approved legislation that clamps down the nation's asylum rules. Plus, Zlatan steps down and Midsummer celebrations ramp up. Producer: Frank Radosevich.

Pilot strike, remembering Gothenburg's riots, a summer singalong  

A SAS pilot strike is over but who's to blame? Maybe it's you. children, some as young as nine, were placed in isolation at state-run homes. And Sanna Neilsen is ready to sing this summer. Producer: Frank Radosevich.

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