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The media

Stockholm is the centre of the Swedish media world. All national radio and television stations are broadcast from the capital, and the country’s four main daily newspapers are also based there. However, every region or city also has its own newspaper, for example Göteborgsposten in Gothenburg or Norrbottens tidning in Lapland. In remote parts of the country, particularly in the north, these local media really come into their own; in winter, people depend on them for accurate and up-to-date information on everything from local political machinations to snow depths in the vicinity.

Newspapers

Assuming you don’t read Swedish, you can keep in touch with world events by buying English-language newspapers in the major towns and cities, sometimes on the day of issue, more usually the day after. Municipal libraries across the country often have good selections of foreign broadsheets but they can sometimes be a little out of date. The main Swedish papers are Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet and the tabloids, Expressen and Aftonbladet. You may also come across Metro, a free newspaper available at train and tube stations, which has lots of “what’s on” information; its listings are in Swedish only, but will be comprehensible enough if you don’t speak the language.

TV and radio

Swedish TV won’t take up much space on your postcards home. There are two state channels, SVT1 and SVT2, operated by Sveriges Television (SVT), worth watching if only for the wooden in-vision continuity announcers. TV3 is a pretty dire cable station, and Sweden’s only terrestrial commercial station is the somewhat downmarket TV4. TV5 is a cheesy cable channel available in most hotels that seems to show nothing but a string of American sitcoms. On all the channels, foreign programmes are in their original language, which makes for easy viewing; SVT1 and SVT2 show a lot of excellent BBC documentaries and comedy programmes.

On the radio, you’ll find pop and rock music on P3 and classical music on P2 – all operated by state broadcaster, Sveriges Radio (Swedish Radio; w sr.se for frequencies). You’ll also find news in English courtesy of Radio Sweden (Swedish Radio’s international arm; w radiosweden.org) broadcast nationally on P2, weekdays at 3pm. Its English-language current affairs programmes about Sweden can be heard weekdays in Stockholm on 89.6MHz FM, too, and are also available as podcasts.