And if you want to what happened to the small number of African slaves brought to Sweden and how the British eventually scared the Swedish Parliament into abolishing slavery you can listen to the full interview with Professor Dick Harrison on our website, radiosweden.org.
But it didn't stop there. After that first wave, Sweden's involvement in the slave trade was relatively small, but a new phase began in the late 18th century when the Swedish King Gustav III bought the West Indian island, Saint Barthelémy, from the French. He soon decided to turn it into a Swedish slave colony.
Dick Harrison says neither of the two waves were important for the economy on a national scale,but trafficking slaves across the atlantic was a matter of national pride Sweden. And even the church had no problem with it.
Musician Amahdu Jah performing at a seminar in Stockholm on Sweden's role in translatlantic slave-trading.
One of the speakers was Victoria Kawesa from the Centre Against Racism in Stockholm, who thinks Sweden needs to recognise its role in slavery to help in the fight against racism today...
And Kitimbwa Sabuni from the African-Swedish National Association and agrees Sweden needs to start facing up to its past....Listen to the report:
Life could be looking up if your homeless, French and living in Paris. The French government's come up with a new idea to sort out the country's homelessness problem. All through last winter people of no fixed abode lived in tents along the banks of the trendy canal Saint Martin area of Paris, you might remember it from the whimsical hit movie Amelie. A lucky few have now been re-housed in a trailer park, South of Paris, courtesy of the state. The trailer park's being called the "village of hope" and residents are expected to use their time there to find jobs and reintegrate into society. Its an experimental project, and if it proves successful, a hundred other villages-of-hope, will be built throughout the country.
From an idea that may not work to a German car that's famous for not working. To many, Germany's the home of the high-performance car: the much coveted BMW's and Mercedes. But don't forget the Trabi, or Trabant - the small, two-cylinder East German cold war car with no heater. It looked like a cross between a golf cart and a bumper car and the GDR produced it for three decades. It's even gained cult status in today's unified Germany. And this year the car turns 50, and some will be fondly celebrating.
Seventy years ago this week Polish composer Karol Szymanowski died. And 2007 also marks 125 years since he was born. The Polish Parliament's declared 2007 the Szymanowski Year and numerous events celebrating his unique music are planned over the coming months.
It remains the worst air crash in aviation history. A Dutch KLM Jumbo Jet, loaded with holiday makers, crashed into another 747, a Pan American flight, on the runway in heavy fog. 61 passengers escaped from the Pam Am flight. There were no survivors from the KLM plane. Bad communication between the Dutch pilot and air traffic control was ultimately blamed for the accident. At a moving ceremony, more than 500 next of kin and rescue workers gathered to commemorate the tragedy. Karen Tefuri spoke on behalf of the American victims, giving one of many personal stories. Radio Netherlands went along to listen to them.
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