The world of Swedish knitting has left the rocking chair and come careering, like an out-of-control skateboard, into the streets and cafes of Stockholm. The old lady image is being replaced – now it’s a popular way for all ages to socialise as well as be a new form of graffiti or street-art.
Many communities in Europe are in conflict over mosque projects. But after a while, once they’ve been around, they tend to be welcomed. In Stockholm, despite growing Islamophobia, locals seem to have accepted and even welcomed their mosque.
More than 2,500 delegates from over 140 nations gathered in Stockholm this week for the annual World Water conference. Every year, scientists, government officials, campaigners and representatives from private industry converge on the Swedish capital to discuss water-related issues. Radio Sweden’s Azariah Kiros attended the opening ceremony and has this report.
Governments across Europe know all too well the need to have emergency plans in place to deal with possible terrorist attacks. This week a simulated terrorist attack was held on the Stockholm transport system. But while it might seem like a straightforward measure of prudent preparedness the simulation has unexpectedly sparked a heated discrimination debate. Radio Sweden's Azariah Kiros has more.
The jewish community in Sweden dates back to several hundreds years ago and the Jewish migration has had several huge waves. Gaby Katz from Radio Sweden has visited the Jewish Museum in Stockholm and they special exhibitions portraying Jews. She investigated the place of the Jewish minority in Sweden.
With the Alfred Nobel Awards Prize ceremony taking place in Stockholm on Sunday, the spotlight in Sweden this week has been very much centered on the Laureates themselves who are hosting a number of seminars and lectures in the capital before picking up their prize. However, there's another group of worthy winners who have arrived in Stockholm, picking up an award known called the Right Livelihood award – otherwise known as the Alternative Nobel prize.
Anna Politkovskaja was mourned internationally, and indeed her funeral was attended by the head of the European Commission's delegation to Moscow along with representatives from the EU's current Finnish presidency and ensuing German presidency. And on Tuesday outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm, Swedish journalists demonstrated and lit candles in Politkovskaja's memory. The 48-year-old was one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics. But in his first public comments on the shooting, Putin vowed to hunt down the perpetrators and said he believed the killers wanted to stir up anti-Russian feeling. And without a doubt, the murder cast a shadow over Putin's two-day visit to Dresden, Germany. The annual bilateral deliberations are aimed at fostering Russian-German ties. Talks between German chancellor Angela Merkel and Putin were, this time, also dominated by energy security and of course North Korea's nuclear crisis.
Everyone loves to hear from Stockholm at least when it's Nobel time. The Peace Prize is the culmination of the week but Radio Sweden can fill us in now on the prizes announced in Stockholm. Mark Cummins takes us through the 2006 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
Monday kicked off Nobel Prize week in Sweden, when the country enjoys international coverage of the awards , the pinnacle of achievement, left to the world by the Swedish inventor of Dynamite Alfred Nobel back in 1896 to reward scientific and literary development.
Taking off for your summer holidays abroad, it would probably not cross your mind that you could end up on the street - begging for money and food. Yet in Stockholm this seems to be the case... Volunteers who work with homeless people in Stockholm say the problem has become worse this summer, also because of the number of foreign tourists who are finding themselves sleeping rough in the city. They claim embassy staff aren't always doing enough to help people who get robbed of their cash and passports leaving them stuck in Sweden with no other choice but to beg for money and food.
Europe's Roma community suffer arguably even worse discrimination than immigrants do. Journalism is frequently responsible for blackening the name of this minority, who often live on the fringes of mainstream society. But it can equally be used to inform, as prejudice is often born simply out of ignorance. Radio Sweden reports on a meeting of Romani journalists from accross Europe that took place in Stockhom recently, and found out about the special difficulties faced by reporters from this community.
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