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SWEDEN IN FOCUS

LISTEN: Baltic gas blasts, key Swedish words, and how to keep living costs low

In this week's episode we discuss: manic bun days, post-election coalition building, Baltic Sea gas blasts, work permit delays, and how to tackle the cost of living crisis.

LISTEN: Baltic gas blasts, key Swedish words, and how to keep living costs low

In the latest episode of our Sweden in Focus podcast, host Paul O’Mahony is joined by Handelsbanken chief economist Johan Löf, as well as The Local’s Becky Waterton, Richard Orange and James Savage. 

On our radar this week we have: Cinnamon Bun Day, a sweet staple of the Swedish dietary calendar; a roundup of the week’s post-election wrangling; discussion of the Baltic Sea blasts that caused serious damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany; major delays in the processing of Swedish work permits; and, finally, how to plan your finances when the krona is weak and what the cost of living crisis mean for foreigners living in Sweden.

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LISTEN: Why doesn’t Sweden gather data on race and ethnicity – and should it?

In this week’s episode we talk about a huge spy scandal, how close Sweden’s government talks came to collapse, data on race and ethnicity, and we quiz our panelists on their knowledge of Sweden.

LISTEN: Why doesn't Sweden gather data on race and ethnicity – and should it?

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, as well as guest Sayaka Osanami Törngren, Associate Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University.

This week we start with a chat about the World Cup in Qatar which kicks off this weekend.

We discuss a major spy scandal involving two brothers. 

We look at an incredibly detailed newspaper article in Svenska Dagbladet that shines a light on what was happening behind the scenes when Ulf Kristersson was trying to put together his government.

We examine why Sweden doesn’t gather data on race and ethnicity like many other countries and discuss whether it should change its approach. This is the article by David Crouch that we mention: 

Finally, was last week’s quiz success a flash in the pan? We put our panelists through their paces again with three more questions about Swedish culture and society.

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