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LISTEN: Why does Sweden want to revoke permanent residency?

In this week’s episode we discuss snow chaos, Advent traditions, a crazy new spy case, tension between the Liberals and Sweden Democrats, a proposal to abolish permanent residence permits, and we end with a quiz. 

LISTEN: Why does Sweden want to revoke permanent residency?

In the latest episode of Sweden in Focus we chat about the heavy snow that has fallen this week and how Sweden has coped. 

 We look at how Advent is celebrated in Sweden.

We discuss the second spectacular spy story in the space of two weeks. 

We talk about the resurgence of tensions between the Sweden Democrats and the Liberals. 

We examine what we know about Sweden’s plans to get rid of permanent residency permits, and we hear from Ann-Cathrine Jungar, assistant professor at Södertörn University and an expert on radical right parties in the Nordics, on why the government wants to abolish them. 

And finally we’ll end with a short quiz to gauge our panelists’ Swedishness this week.

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LISTEN: How can Sweden put a stop to fatal gang shootings? Part 1

In this week's podcast: how to get Sweden's new energy subsidy, looming school holidays, no more anonymous SIMs, Melodifestivalen kicks off, a new era for the Centre Party, why an eel-fishing scandal felled the prime minister’s closest aide, an interview with Bangladesh’s ambassador to Sweden, and why fatal shootings reached record levels in Sweden last year.

LISTEN: How can Sweden put a stop to fatal gang shootings? Part 1

In the latest episode of our Sweden in Focus podcast, host Paul O’Mahony is joined by panelists James Savage, Richard Orange and Becky Waterton, as well as special guest Diamant Salihu, a crime reporter for public broadcaster SVT and the author of the award winning Tills Alla Dör, or Until Everyone’s Dead.

But first we look at what’s coming up in February. Visit the link below to get all the key info you need on: accessing Sweden’s new energy subsidy, registering a pre-paid SIM card, the likelihood of new interest rate hikes, and dates for sportlov – the mid-term school holiday. 

Next, we chat to Eurovision expert Ben Robertson about what makes Melodifestivalen so compelling and who’s likely to win this year’s national song contest.

This week Annie Lööf formally handed over the reins of the Centre Party to Muharrem Demirok. What does he need to do to attract voters to the only centre-right party that refused to collaborate with the far-right Sweden Democrats? 

We also chat about why the prime minster’s closest aide resigned over an eel-fishing scandal. 

In the latest of our interviews with ambassadors, we catch up with Mehdi Hasan, Bangladesh’s ambassador to Sweden, to find out about relations between the countries, how many Bangladeshis there are in Sweden, and his personal reflections on his time in Sweden. We’ll have an article featuring more from the interview in the coming days. 

Finally, we ask Diamant Salihu to explain the roots of Sweden’s deadly gang conflicts and why they have spread around the country. We had a really good chat with Diamant and will release a bonus episode during the week featuring more of his insights. 

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