Sweden in Focus

The Local

Sweden in Focus is The Local’s weekly podcast where we discuss the big news and talking points in Sweden as well as explore and explain the issues that impact life in the country. We also answer your essential questions and look ahead at what’s coming up.

In each episode presenter Paul O’Mahony chats about the most important news and must-know information with The Local Sweden’s James Savage, Emma Löfgren, Richard Orange and Becky Waterton. They are frequently joined by other expert commentators.

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How will lower interest rates affect your life in Sweden, and how likely is a 4-day week?
May 10 2024
How will lower interest rates affect your life in Sweden, and how likely is a 4-day week?
In this week's episode: Security fears and parties in Malmö for Eurovision, how lower interest rates affect people in Sweden, and Sweden Democrats get caught running a social media troll factory. --Get Membership+ to listen to all The Local's podcastsSign up now and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription. --Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's Richard Orange and Emma Löfgren. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:EurovisionSweden's Eurovision brings kitsch in the shadow of Gaza How Eurovision visitors can make the most of MalmöMoneyThree ways Sweden's slashed interest rate will boost your finances Which Swedish banks have the lowest mortgage rates?PoliticsREVEALED: Sweden Democrats' secret social media 'troll factory' PropertyFor sale: New record as flood of apartments hits the market in Sweden How do you beat the stress of the Swedish property bidding frenzy?Sabotage allegationsSwedish rail derailments could be linked to 'Russian-backed sabotage'  Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50 years of Abba, children’s residence permit row, Sweden regressing on rule of law
Apr 13 2024
50 years of Abba, children’s residence permit row, Sweden regressing on rule of law
Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+ Read more about Membership+ in our help centre.Already have Membership+ but not receiving all the episodes? Go to the podcast tab on your account page to activate your subscription. ___This week: Child residency permit row, Sweden regressing on rule of law, and 50 years since Abba's Waterloo win. Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's James Savage and Richard Orange. As mentioned in the episode we will be recording the podcast in front of a live audience on April 24th at the offices of Stockholm Business Region as part of the Talent Talks event being held there that day.You can sign up here if you'd like to attend. Here are links to some of the topics discussed in the episode:Residency permitsBoy who went viral raising 5 million for charity gets Swedish residence permitMusicHow ABBA paved the way for Swedish pop 50 years agoPoliticsARCHIVE: 'Civil rights groups in Sweden can fight this government's repressive proposals' Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Skiing tips, politics for immigrants, and plans for stiffer work permit rules
Feb 17 2024
Skiing tips, politics for immigrants, and plans for stiffer work permit rules
Sign up now for Membership+ and get early, ad-free access to a full-length episode of the Sweden in Focus podcast every weekend, as well as Sweden in Focus Extra every Wednesday.Please visit the link that applies to you and get a 40% discount on Membership+For signed-in members: Upgrade to Membership+For new members: Get Membership+Read more about Membership+ in our help centre__This week: a Swedish word for February illnesses, hitting the ski slopes, devastating Liseberg blaze, changing of the guard in the Green Party, why a Social Democrat MP with Palestinian heritage became an independent, Swedish prisons in crisis mode, and what we know so far about new salary requirements for work permit holders. Host Paul O’Mahony is joined this week by The Local's Emma Löfgren and Richard Orange. Here are links to some of the stories and topics we discuss:VabruariSwedish word of the day: vabruariSkiingEverything you need to know about skiing on 'sportlov' in SwedenLiseberg fireHuge fire destroys new attraction at Gothenburg's Liseberg amusement parkSadly, this news came through the day after we recorded the podcast:Dead body found after fire at Gothenburg's Liseberg amusement parkPoliticsJoint leader of Sweden's Green Party announces resignationOPINION: El-Haj faced the same dilemma as all immigrant politicians in SwedenPrison crisisSwedish prison service declares 'crisis' amid cell shortageWork permitsIN BRIEF: Sweden's plans to raise work permit salary threshold to 34,200 kronor Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
New work permit system, Macron's Sweden visit and who are the Sami?
Feb 3 2024
New work permit system, Macron's Sweden visit and who are the Sami?
In this week's episode: tougher rules for Sweden citizenship, French President Emanuel Macron's state visit to Sweden, new work permit system takes effect, and why Sweden needs to do more to promote understanding of indigenous Sami.Host Paul O’Mahony is joined by The Local’s Emma Löfgren and Becky Waterton, and we also have an interview with Charlotta Svonni, who conducts research on indigenous education at Umeå University.Here are links to some of the stories we discuss:CitizenshipEXPLAINED: How to get Swedish citizenship via notificationSweden moves to tighten up requirements for citizenship via notificationCan I apply for Swedish citizenship through ancestry?PoliticsSweden and France to sign nuclear and defence deals during Macron visit‘Vive les clichés!’: Swedish PM mocked for Macron welcomeIN PICS: French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to SwedenWhat is ‘pyttipanna’ and why is Sweden serving it up to the French president?Work permitsSwedish Migration Agency launches new system for handling work permitsSami Sweden’s ‘Truth Commission’ delves into painful Sami past‘Irreversible risks’: UN-appointed experts urge Sweden to block mine in Sami landWhy is reindeer herding so important in Sweden?Swedish museum to return Sami remains to village Become a member at https://www.thelocal.se/podcasts/podcast-offer?tpcc=padlock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.