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Sweden in Focus

English, News, 7 seasons, 129 episodes, 2 days, 20 hours, 56 minutes
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A weekly, behind-the-scenes look at the biggest news stories in Sweden with the journalists who know them best. Every Saturday with The Local Sweden. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for privacy and opt-out information.
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Three parties risk European elimination as Sweden goes to the polls

Striking nurses, European election preview, Sweden Democrats' anti-Arab trolling, how can Sweden get more inclusive? Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by regular panelists Emma Löfgren and Becky Waterton. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Healthcare strikeNurses in Sweden launch first strike in 16 yearsEuropean electionsSix ways the EU election might upend Sweden's political landscape Discrimination Tell us: What can Sweden do to make the country more inclusive? __Get Membership+ to listen to all The Local's podcastsSign up now and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription.   Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/8/202413 minutes, 48 seconds
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Is Iran using Swedish gangs in its proxy war with Israel?

Iran accused of deploying Swedish gangs, Ebba Busch sparks anger over Islam remarks, how Sweden can make immigrants feel more welcome on National Day?Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by regular panelists Richard Orange and James Savage. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:IranSwedish security chiefs: Iran recruits gangs to hit Israeli targets in SwedenSweden calls Iranian diplomat to meeting over gang crime allegations European electionsWho are Sweden's top candidates in the European election? National Day (and a nod to Midsummer)Why does Sweden celebrate National Day on June 6th? The seven bizarre traditions that make up Swedish Midsummer  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/1/202420 minutes, 6 seconds
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How can Sweden get more immigrants in leadership roles?

This week in Sweden in Focus: Nurses plan to strike, Sweden Democrats vow to keep on trolling, and how can Sweden combat discrimination?Host Paul O’Mahony is joined by The Local Sweden's editor Emma Löfgren and our Nordic correspondent Richard Orange. The episode also features interviews with Greg Fernando, the founder of New to Sweden, an organisation promoting greater workplace diversity, and Paulina Brandberg, Minister for Gender Equality and Working Life. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Nurses strike Swedish healthcare strike: What nurses and midwives' overtime protest means for youTroll factorySwedish PM won't end Sweden Democrats collaboration over 'troll factory' Inside Sweden: Why troll factory won't spark a government crisis DiscriminationOPINION: ‘No such thing as race’: why Sweden’s colour-blind approach is failing PODCAST: Why doesn't Sweden gather data on race and ethnicity – and should it? Get Membership+ to listen to all The Local's podcastsSign up now and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription.   Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202423 minutes, 43 seconds
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Swedish government's nuclear plans will never happen: Green party leader

In this week's Sweden in Focus Extra: Green Party joint leader Daniel Helldén on criticism of government climate policy, the EU elections, immigration and online attacks from far-right troll accounts. After a turbulent period for the party, the Greens recently put in place a new leadership duo: Daniel Helldén, previously vice mayor of Stockholm, and Amanda Lind, the former culture minister.We chat this week with Daniel Helldén to find out about the party’s direction ahead of the upcoming EU election and beyond. We also ask where the party stands on new income requirements for work permit holders and what Helldén thinks of revelations about anonymous social media troll accounts run by the Sweden Democrats.THE KEY PLAYERS: Who's who in Swedish politics?Who are Sweden's top candidates in the European election? Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/202439 minutes, 14 seconds
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Sweden Democrat troll factory scandal grows and Taylor Swift hits Stockholm

This week: Fallout from Sweden Democrat troll factory scandal, how Stockholm has prepared for Taylor Swift, excerpts from interview with Green Party leader Daniel Helldén.Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's Nordic correspondent, Richard Orange. The episode also features interviews with Dagens Nyheter's reporter Evelyn Jones, Stockholm Business Region's communications director Monica Engqvist and Green Party co-leader Daniel Helldén. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Sweden Democrats Sweden Democrats spread white power propagandaHow the Sweden Democrats' 'troll factory' tries to shape the immigration debate Uncovering a Sweden Democrat troll factory: 'I had to get inside to get the truth'Taylor Swift Do Taylor Swift's ancestors really come from a small parish in rural Sweden?  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202424 minutes, 55 seconds
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How will lower interest rates affect your life in Sweden, and how likely is a 4-day week?

In this week's episode: Security fears and parties in Malmö for Eurovision, how lower interest rates affect people in Sweden, and Sweden Democrats get caught running a social media troll factory. --Get Membership+ to listen to all The Local's podcastsSign up now and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription. --Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's Richard Orange and Emma Löfgren. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:EurovisionSweden's Eurovision brings kitsch in the shadow of Gaza How Eurovision visitors can make the most of MalmöMoneyThree ways Sweden's slashed interest rate will boost your finances Which Swedish banks have the lowest mortgage rates?PoliticsREVEALED: Sweden Democrats' secret social media 'troll factory' PropertyFor sale: New record as flood of apartments hits the market in Sweden How do you beat the stress of the Swedish property bidding frenzy?Sabotage allegationsSwedish rail derailments could be linked to 'Russian-backed sabotage'  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202415 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why do we get a day off for Ascension and who's the new joint leader of Sweden's Green Party?

In this week's episode: Ascension Day holiday, Nazis storm political meeting in Stockholm, preview of interview with gardening expert John Taylor, and who is the Green Party's new joint leader? --Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription. --Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's Becky Waterton and Emma Lögren. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Ascension DayWhy is Ascension Day a public holiday in Sweden?Political violence EXPLAINED: What we know about the attack on a Swedish anti-fascist meeting Over a thousand people join protest against Stockholm attackPoliticsDreadlocked bureaucrat: Who's the Swedish Green Party's new leader?  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202412 minutes, 57 seconds
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How can Sweden attract and retain skilled foreigners?

Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription. ___What are the main challenges for Swedish employers when recruiting internationally and how can they harness the experience of the many skilled internationals already living in Sweden?In this special live recording of the podcast, host Paul O’Mahony is joined on stage by Maria Fogelström Kylberg, CEO of Stockholms Akademiska Forum, Amanda Herzog, founder of Intertalents in Sweden, and Laureline Vallée, an environmental engineer from France who recently secured her first job in Sweden.The podcast was part of Talent Talks, an afternoon of discussions at the Stockholm Business Region offices on how to attract and retain foreign workers in Sweden.  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/27/202429 minutes, 42 seconds
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How a Swedish nepotism scandal highlights poor recruitment practices

Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription. ___This week: how Sweden voted on new gender law, horrific murder in Stockholm suburb, former Moderate Party leader faces nepotism allegations over jobs for friends.Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's Becky Waterton and Richard Orange. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:PoliticsSweden votes 'yes' to lowering age for legal gender changeHow Sweden's legal gender bill has split the government ARCHIVE: Where did it all go wrong for ousted party leader Anna Kinberg Batra?CrimeStockholm shooting victim 'completely innocent' say distraught family  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/202417 minutes, 5 seconds
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50 years of Abba, children’s residence permit row, Sweden regressing on rule of law

Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription. ___This week: Child residency permit row, Sweden regressing on rule of law, and 50 years since Abba's Waterloo win. Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's James Savage and Richard Orange. As mentioned in the episode we will be recording the podcast in front of a live audience on April 24th at the offices of Stockholm Business Region as part of the Talent Talks event being held there that day.You can sign up here if you'd like to attend. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Residency permitsBoy who went viral raising 5 million for charity gets Swedish residence permitMusicHow ABBA paved the way for Swedish pop 50 years agoPoliticsARCHIVE: 'Civil rights groups in Sweden can fight this government's repressive proposals' Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/202421 minutes, 15 seconds
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Gender law splits government and will there be a Swedish pope?

In this week's episode: Snow chaos on Sweden's roads, April Fools' traditions, government divided on new gender law, and will there be a Swedish pope?Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's James Savage and Richard Orange. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Weather'Are they on Easter holiday?': Swedish government under fire after snow chaosSnow chaos on Swedish E4 road 'worst since 1995'April Fools' DayApril Fools' is back: here are nine of this year's best jokes in SwedenReligion Swedish bishop named as possible next popeGender Law EXPLAINED: How Sweden’s legal gender bill has split the government  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/202420 minutes, 9 seconds
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How happy are Swedes?

Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre__In this week's episode: Easter opening hours, news quiz, World Happiness Report. Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's Becky Waterton and Emma Löfgren. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:EasterWitches and herring: Seven traditions that reveal it's Easter in SwedenSeven must-have dishes for a very Swedish Easter celebrationQuality of lifeHow happy are people in Sweden compared to the rest of the world? Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/30/202415 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why is ‘Mamma Busch’ calling Jimmie Åkesson a snowflake with a microscopic fig leaf?

Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre__In this week's episode: Waffle Day, foiled plot to attack Sweden's parliament, Busch and Åkesson trade insults. Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local’s Becky Waterton and Emma Löfgren. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Waffle Day How March 25th became Sweden’s national Waffle Day, thanks to mispronunciationRecipe: How to make traditional Swedish waffles on Waffle DayTerror plotTwo men held in Germany over Swedish parliament terror plotPoliticsARCHIVE: Sweden Democrats admit Nazi roots in new ‘white book’ Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/202416 minutes
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New migration numbers and why a Swedish kids' magazine ignores prudish parents

This week: New migration stats and a uniquely Swedish kids' magazine. Host Paul O’Mahony is joined by The Local's Becky Waterton and Richard Orange, and we also chat to the editor of KP, Lukas Björkman, about the children's magazine's enduringly popularity in a digital age and how to stay relevant by listening to children and ignoring parents. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:MigrationForeigners in Sweden: How the migration paradigm shift affects our livesWhat's the current status of Sweden's planned migration laws?  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/202414 minutes, 32 seconds
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What makes dating in Sweden so hard (and how to succeed)?

Why do many foreigners find dating in Sweden so tough, and what's the approach to take? Hear matchmaker Lemarc Thomas give his views on how to crack the Swedish dating scene. In this bonus episode of our Sweden in Focus podcast, host Paul O’Mahony is briefly joined by panelists James Savage and Becky Waterton, before we listen to an interview with professional matchmaker Lemarc Thomas.  The Stockholm-based connector tells us what makes dating in Sweden so different from anything he's experienced before. He also answers questions from readers of The Local on how to proceed in a landscape where many of the usual rules no longer apply.  If you'd like to read more about dating in Sweden, make sure to check out these articles:Dating in Sweden: sex, booze and mobile phonesDating in Sweden: Is it really as tough as they say?Dating in Sweden: When is a fika a fika… and when is it a date? Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/202423 minutes, 30 seconds
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Your questions answered on Sweden's new work permit rules

In this week's episode of Sweden in Focus we discuss: Halloween in Sweden, Nato, cable damage in the Baltic Sea, popular Swedish TV shows, and we answer readers' questions on Sweden's new salary requirement for work permit holders. Host Paul O’Mahony in Stockholm is joined from Malmö by The Local’s Emma Löfgren and Becky Waterton.__Sign up for Stockholm Explorative Talks. Presented by Stockholm Academic Forum__Here are links to some of the stories we discuss this week:HalloweenOpinion: What can Sweden learn from embracing the American Halloween tradition?All SaintsSwedish word of the day: allhelgonadagenNato & Baltic security Turkish president sends Sweden’s Nato application to parliamentSwedish government: ‘External force’ damaged cable between Sweden and EstoniaSwedish TV series Are Swedes funny? Explaining the many types of Swedish jokes– includes regular panelist Richard Orange‘s opinion on På spåret.Swedish reality TV show brings Swedish-Americans back ‘home’Work permits‘We’re losing the life we built in Sweden’: Work permit holders dread uncertain futureWho will fill Sweden’s labour gap when immigrants leave?Reader question: Can I meet Sweden’s new work permit threshold by working multiple jobs?
10/28/202331 minutes, 5 seconds
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INTERVIEW: Why didn't the Social Democrats fix Sweden's school segregation problems?

In this bonus episode of Sweden in Focus, we speak to the Social Democratic former education minister Anna Ekström about Nordic 'folk high schools', budget cuts to study associations, worsening segregation in Sweden's schools, why boys are underperforming, and whether Sweden needs more external grading.In Saturday’s episode, the former government minister talked about ‘folkbildning’ as a particularly Nordic approach to education. Here we continue the conversation as Anna Ekström talks about her roles within the ABF study association, the history of the wider folkbildning movement, and the challenges faced today by the Swedish education system. Host Paul O’Mahony is also joined by The Local’s James Savage and Becky Waterton.Here are links to some related stories, starting with Richard Orange‘s recent article on his own experience with the ABF study association:Why Sweden should protect its fantastic popular education organisationsBudget cuts to folkbildningSweden still ‘a land of possibilities’ for foreigners says finance ministerSchool segregation LISTEN: How can Sweden make its schools less segregated?ARCHIVE: What’s behind the rising inequality in Sweden’s schools, and can it be fixed? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202340 minutes, 3 seconds
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Shocking week of gang violence, and why northern Sweden needs foreign workers

In this week's episode: Is Sweden underfunding schools and healthcare?; motorway mudslide; Turkey gives fresh impetus to Sweden's Nato bid; why northern Sweden needs foreign workers, and Prime Minister wants military help to crack down on gangs.This week host Paul O’Mahony is joined by The Local’s James Savage and Richard Orange, and we also hear from the Skellefteå-based journalist Paul Connolly.SURVEY: Would you listen to more podcasts from The Local?Here are links to some of the stories we discuss this week:Politics in SwedenWhy Sweden’s finance minister is willing to be unpopularLandslideIN NUMBERS: Sweden’s lucky escape as landslide causes huge motorway sinkholeSwedish motorway landslide: What happens next?Nato latest‘Not urgent’ for Sweden to join Nato, says Hungary’s Viktor OrbánTurkey agrees to approve Sweden’s Nato application in return for fighter jetsJobs in northern SwedenMeet the foreigners moving to northern Sweden to turn industry greenFive things I love about northern SwedenGang violenceSwedish prime minister seeks military help to crack down on gangsWho’s who in Sweden’s gang conflict?How could Sweden put an end to its deadly wave of gang crime? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/202336 minutes, 32 seconds