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. The episode also features an interview with Paul Levin, Director of Stockholm University’s Institute for Turkish Studies.
This week we kick off with a chat about Sweden’s speech culture.
We talk about the new government’s first budget and how people in Sweden have reacted to it.
- EXPLAINED: How Sweden’s 2023 budget could benefit your finances
- Sweden’s government slammed for broken pledges in ‘restrictive’ budget
- KEY POINTS: Which election promises are missing from Sweden’s budget?
- LIST: The biggest spending proposals in Sweden’s new budget
- Swedish budget document states changes mean missing EU 2030 climate goals
We discuss Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson’s trip to Turkey and whether it has brought Sweden any closer to Nato accession.
- INTERVIEW: ‘Perhaps Erdogan just wants to drag out the decision on Sweden’s Nato entry’
- Swedish PM hails ‘very productive’ Nato meeting with Turkish president
We also talk about the high-profile trial of the terror suspect who killed a psychiatric care coordinator and planned to murder the Centre Party leader Annie Lööf on Gotland this summer.
- Knife terror attack was to ‘hit back at the Swedish people’
- Swedish terror trial: ‘I still check what people have in their hands’
Finally, as Sweden moves to make it harder to become a citizen, we end with a quiz to find out if our regular panelists have what it takes to pass a mock citizenship test. Here’s a similar test we ran on the site recently. Are you ready to be a Swede?
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