Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Obama Sweden visit set to Nazi anthem

Share this article

Obama Sweden visit set to Nazi anthem
The Swedish queen and king meet the US president last year in Sweden. File: AP
15:02 CET+01:00
A year-in-review show accidentally used a rendition of the national anthem performed by a Swedish Nazi group to accompany images of US president Barack Obama.

Sveriges Television (SVT) chose to put imagery from Obama's historic visit to Stockholm last year to the tune of the Swedish national anthem Du gamla, du fria.

The hunt for a "scaled back" version of the song backfired, however, after observers noted the pared-down rendition was recorded by the band Svensk ungdom (Swedish youth). Anti-racism magazine Expo reported that its members have been outspoken Nazis.

Ulf Johansson, publisher of SVT's year-in-review program, told the tabloid Aftonbladet that the producers had wanted a simple version of the anthem. 

"It's obvious that we have made a mistake," Johansson told Aftonbladet, who reported on the blunder on Thursday. "I think it's an embarrassing mistake." 

The news programme has now been temporarily removed from the channel's web-streaming service SVT Play, as editors replace the offending piece of music. 

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.