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PODCAST: Why does Sweden allow profit-making schools?

On this week's episode we discuss: the view from abroad on Sweden's election result, mushroom picking, government negotiations, the Riksbank's unexpectedly high interest rate hike, and how Sweden's unique for-profit school system works (or doesn't).

PODCAST: Why does Sweden allow profit-making schools?

In the latest episode of our Sweden in Focus podcast, host Paul O’Mahony is joined by Le Monde’s Scandinavia correspondent Anne-Francoise Hivert, as well as The Local’s Becky Waterton, Richard Orange and James Savage. 

Tune in as we chat about what the rest of world makes of Sweden’s recent election result, and after weeks of non-stop election coverage we lighten the tone a bit to talk about mushroom picking. But the news never rests and we also discuss how the government talks are going (the right-wing bloc has reportedly already agreed on stricter migration policy), the impact of the Swedish central bank’s bombshell interest rate hike, and finally we’ll talk about a controversial feature of Sweden’s education system that allows schools to make a profit.

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LISTEN: Why Swedes and foreigners clash in love (and how to make it work)

This week we discuss Christmas dinners and markets, Irish people in Sweden, an odd Swedish EU vote, work permits and coordination numbers, intercultural relationships, and we test our panelists with a seasonal quiz.

LISTEN: Why Swedes and foreigners clash in love (and how to make it work)

In the latest episode of our Sweden in Focus podcast, host Paul O’Mahony is joined by regular panelists Becky Waterton, Richard Orange and James Savage. We also have interviews with the Irish Ambassador to Sweden, Austin Gormley, and psychologist Mona Lindqvist from the Stockholm region’s Transcultural Center.  

For our main topic this week we look at how Swedes and foreigners can overcome their cultural differences to make relationships work. We received some fascinating responses when we asked about this in a survey: 

With Christmas looming, we look at what to expect from a Swedish Christmas dinner and where to find the best yuletide markets. 

We also have a new series of interviews with ambassadors to Sweden. First up is the Irish ambassador, Austin Gormley, who gives us the lowdown on the Irish community in Sweden as well as his own impressions of life in the country. 

We also run though some of the week’s main news stories: 

And we finish with a vaguely seasonal quiz. Here are some the related articles we mention in the podcast: 

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