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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.
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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.
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    New migration laws, a Covid recap and life in the Gothenburg archipelago

    New migration laws, a Covid recap and life in the Gothenburg archipelago

    In the latest episode of our Sweden in Focus podcast, The Local’s Europe Editor Catherine Edwards, The Local Sweden’s Editor Emma Löfgren and freelance journalist Isabella Anderson discuss Sweden’s new migration law and how it will affect residence permit-holders when it comes into force next week.
    We also give listeners an update on the current coronavirus situation in Sweden, and reveal the results of our latest poll: Have The Local’s readers adopted the Swedish philosophy of four-week summer holidays, or do you prefer to save your holidays to get away in winter?
    Dutch freelance journalist Anne Grietje Franssen also joins us from her home in the Gothenburg archipelago, to talk about Swedish friluftsliv and life on an island.
    Sweden in Focus is hosted by radio journalist Tom Henley and made in collaboration with production company Banda.
    Let us know what you think in the comments below, or tweet us using the hashtag #SwedeninFocus.
    The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast is sponsored by Akademikernas A-kassa.

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    • 31 min
    Coop cyberattack, the return of Löfven and personnummer havoc

    Coop cyberattack, the return of Löfven and personnummer havoc

    In the latest episode of our podcast Sweden in Focus, The Local’s publisher James Savage talks about the cyberattack that knocked out hundreds of supermarkets across Sweden, and what this means for such a tech-dependent society.
    Also in this week’s episode: Sweden Editor Emma Löfgren gives us an update on the government crisis and its impact on the future of Swedish politics, Europe Editor Catherine Edwards talks about the bureaucratic hurdles many foreigners in Sweden face when it comes to getting access to the Covid-19 vaccine pass, and we reveal the results of a reader poll: Is it hard to make friends with Swedes?
    The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast is sponsored by Akademikernas A-kassa.
    Help support independent journalism by becoming a member of The Local today. Start your membership here.
    Sweden in Focus is hosted by radio journalist Tom Henley and made in collaboration with production company Banda.

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    • 33 min
    Political misrepresentation abroad, language tests and Swedish stereotypes

    Political misrepresentation abroad, language tests and Swedish stereotypes

    In this week’s episode of Sweden in Focus, journalism professor and this week’s opinion columnist Christian Christensen explains why it’s a problem that international media focus so overwhelmingly on the far-right when they cover Swedish politics.
    Europe Editor Catherine Edwards talks about the pros and cons of introducing language requirements for permanent residence, and journalist Richard Orange joins us from his under-construction summer cabin to talk about the process of building a house in rural Sweden.
    Also in today’s episode: Journalist Isabella Andersson reveals some of the most common stereotypes about Swedes, and whether they’re correct.
    The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast is sponsored by Akademikernas A-kassa.
    Help support independent journalism by becoming a member of The Local today. Start your membership here.
    Sweden in Focus is hosted by radio journalist Tom Henley and made in collaboration with production company Banda.

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    • 32 min
    The Left Party and Centre Party divide, rent control and why snaps?

    The Left Party and Centre Party divide, rent control and why snaps?

    In this week’s episode of our new podcast Sweden in Focus, The Local’s CEO and publisher James Savage discusses the divide between the Left and Centre Party on which the current government future hinges, while Europe Editor Catherine Edwards digs into how Sweden’s rent controls work and why they sparked a political crisis.
    Also in today’s episode: Journalist Richard Orange shares his own experience of Sweden’s shared parental leave and presents the results of our reader poll on the subject, and journalist Isabella Anderson enlightens us all on the history of snaps. And one member of the team gives a rendition of their favourite Swedish drinking song…
    The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast is sponsored by Akademikernas A-kassa.
    Help support independent journalism by becoming a member of The Local today. Start your membership here.
    Sweden in Focus is hosted by radio journalist Tom Henley and made in collaboration with production company Banda.

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    • 32 min
    Political crisis, reopening plans and a much argued over Swedish habit

    Political crisis, reopening plans and a much argued over Swedish habit

    In this week’s episode of our new podcast Sweden in Focus, The Local’s CEO and publisher James Savage and The Local Sweden’s editor Emma Löfgren discuss and explain the political crisis that could bring Sweden’s government down on Monday and spark a snap election.
    Also in today’s episode: The Local’s Europe Editor Catherine Edwards presents the results of our reader survey on Sweden’s Covid-19 reopening plan, and we ask freelance journalist Richard Orange to defend one of the most controversial articles he’s ever written for The Local (do Swedes really eat their food cold?).
    The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast is sponsored by Akademikernas A-kassa.
    Help support independent journalism by becoming a member of The Local today. Start your membership here.
    Sweden in Focus is hosted by radio journalist Tom Henley and made in collaboration with production company Banda.

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    • 31 min
    Shrinking liberals, travel travails and the politics of timber - Sweden in Focus

    Shrinking liberals, travel travails and the politics of timber - Sweden in Focus

    This week we talk about the fall of the liberal party, analyze the complicated politics of Sweden's forests, explain the current state of Covid travel restrictions, and unearth the origins of a famous football chant in Gothenburg.
    Sweden in Focus is hosted by radio journalist Tom Henley, and he’s joined today by The Local’s CEO and publisher James Savage, The Local Sweden’s editor Emma Löfgren, our Europe Editor Catherine Edwards and journalist Chiara Milford.
    The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast is sponsored by Akademikernas A-kassa.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

wompedy ,

Informative, concise, smart, and all round great podcast

As a non-Swedish-speaking American in Sweden, it can be hard to stay up-to-date with local goings on. The Local is a great resource, of course, as is Swedish Radio’s English daily news podcast, but it’s just a few minutes of headlines. I like how Sweden in Focus looks at current events and life in Sweden from a different vantage point, with multiple voices discussing things from both a journalistic and human perspective. The episodes aren’t too long so it’s easy to keep up, but they’re long enough to provide ample value. The production value is high, and the ad reads aren’t too frequent or annoying. All round it’s a fantastic podcast, and I hope it continues!

Derlemke ,

Weekly show! High Quality and Awesome

It's great to have a weekly show focused on Sweden. Hope to hear about hockey! Cheers from North Carolina.

Mark

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