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Sveriges Radio (SR)
SR logo
Type Public broadcasting
Country  Sweden
Availability National
Launch date 1925 (radio)
1956 (television)
Former names Radiotjänst (1925-1957)
Official Website
Sveriges Radio in Stockholm

Sveriges Radio AB (SR) – Sweden's Radio Ltd – is Sweden's national publicly funded radio broadcaster. The Swedish public-broadcasting system is in many respects modelled after the one used in the United Kingdom, and Sveriges Radio - like Sveriges Television - shares many characteristics with its British counterpart, the BBC.

Sveriges Radio is a public limited company, owned by an independent foundation, and funded through a licensing fee determined by the Swedish Parliament. No advertising is permitted. SR's status could be described as that of a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization.

The company was founded in 1925 as Radiotjänst (Radio service), and was renamed Sveriges Radio in 1957. Sveriges Radio was originally responsible for all broadcasting in Sweden, both radio and television, and hosted the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest. A reorganization in 1979 saw SR become the parent company of four subsidiaries:

This structure was dissolved in 1993 with the national and local radio companies merging under the name of the old parent company: Sveriges Radio AB.


National radio

Four radio channels are available nationally via FM as well as being relayed over the internet.

  • P1, "the spoken channel" for current affairs, science, culture etcetera (similar to BBC Radio 4 and ABC Radio National). Almost no music is played, except as in Sommar where the hosts chooses the songs.
  • P2, broadcasting classical music, folk music, jazz and world music as well as programmes in minority languages (similar to BBC Radio 3). Not available in Stockholm.
  • P3, broadcasting popular music and comedy targeting a younger audience (similar to BBC Radio 1 and Triple J)
  • P4, made up of 25 local stations broadcasting locally for much of the day, targeted at mide-life and older people. Playing popular music. Targets a more local audience and also broadcasts sport.

Local radio

A large part of P4's programming is regional with 25 regions each broadcasting their own local programmes during most of the day.

Additional radio stations available locally on FM include:

  • Din gata 100,6, Malmö-based station playing mostly hiphop and R&B (available in Malmö)
  • SR Metropol (formerly SR P5 Radio Stockholm), multicultural youth station for Stockholm (available in Stockholm)
  • SR P2 Music, rebroadcasts P2, replacing programmes in minority and foreign languages with additional music output (available on FM in Stockholm and on the web) Schedule
  • P6 89,6, broadcasts in minority and foreign languages as well as rebroadcasts BBC World Service and CBC Radio 1 and parts of the SR Världen channel (available in Stockholm) Schedule

Other channels

Sveriges Radio also provides a number of channels through Digital audio broadcasting, using the DAB standard, and via the internet.

  • SR International - Radio Sweden (web, satellite, medium wave, short wave)
  • SR P7 Sisuradio, in Finnish and Meänkieli (DAB, web and cable)
  • SR Atlas, world pop music (Dab and web)
  • SR Bubbel, children's radio (web)
  • SR c, experimental arts radio (web)
  • SR Klassiskt, classical music (DAB and web)
  • SR Minnen, programmes from the SR archive (DAB and web)
  • SR P3 Rockster, new rock music (web)
  • SR P3 Star, hit music for teenagers (DAB and web)
  • SR P3 Street, hiphop, RnB and similar (web)
  • SR P3 Svea, young Swedish music (web)
  • SR Sápmi, for the Sami languages (web)
  • SR Världen, world music (web)

SR International

SR International is the international and multicultural channel of Sveriges Radio and offers programming in 13 languages:

Programming in the minority languages Sámi and Finnish have dedicated channels, and is not part of SR International. See Other channels above.

On 16 March 2010 Radio Sweden announced the end of broadcasts on shortwave and medium wave as from 31 October 2010.[1] External service programmes will only continue on the internet.[2] Language-services for immigrants to Sweden in Albanian, Syriac, Serbian, Bosnian, and Croat will also be discontinued, while programmes in English (also on the domestic service, German, Russian, Persian, Dari, and Kurdish will remain.[3]

See also

External links


  1. ^ Radio Sweden Ends Medium, Short Wave, Sveriges Radio International, 16 March 2010.
  2. ^ Radio Sweden to become an Internet-only station, Media Network, 17 March 2010.
  3. ^ Radio Sweden Ends Medium, Short Wave, Sveriges Radio International, 16. March 2010.


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