Åsa Koski started the Säg hej! campaign in Sweden to get people to interact more with each other to combat widespread loneliness.

The ‘Say Hi’ campaign in Sweden is helping to combat loneliness


Åsa Koski, a social strategist with the Luleå municipality in northern Sweden, started the Säg hej! (“Say hi!”) campaign to try and get people to interact more with each other to combat widespread loneliness.

Nea on the beach

The changing landscape for Sweden’s successful music industry

US Air Force fighter aircraft F-35 performs aerobatic maneuvers on the second day of the Aero India 2023 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 14, 2023.

Military spending around the world reached record highs last year, new data shows

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson talks during the parliamentary debate on the Swedish application for NATO membership, in Stockholm, Monday, May 16, 2022. 

In historic shift, Sweden will join Finland in requesting NATO membership

Global Politics
A man stands in front of the Skogafoss waterfall in Skogar, Iceland, March 8, 2020.

2020: The year of the primal scream — and other pandemic remedies 

A sign reminding customers about social distancing is placed at the entrance to a grocery store in central Stockholm.

Sweden’s pivot toward new virus restrictions may not ‘shift mindsets,’ says Swedish scientist


Lena Einhorn, a filmmaker and former virologist, was one of the early opponents of Sweden’s more relaxed coronavirus strategy. She joins The World’s host Marco Werman to talk about how Sweden’s new virus restrictions may not be enough.

the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wears a bright red suit jacket

RBG’s early days in Sweden shaped her fight for women’s equality

Women & Gender

In the early 1960s, Ginsburg traveled to Sweden, and learned Swedish, to work on a law project with a Swedish scholar, Anders Bruzelius. Her observations of Swedish society opened up her eyes to the possibilities for women’s equality in the United States.

Demonstrators hold a sign reading "Defund the police" during a protest over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, New York, September 6, 2020.

Stockholm’s mental health ambulance could help the US rethink policing

Health & Medicine

As communities around the US face calls to defund the police, Stockholm’s mental health ambulance, started in 2015, could provide a model for rethinking policing and psychiatric issues.

Allyson Plumberg and her family plan to return from Sweden to the United States. Plumberg says Sweden's response to the coronavirus has changed the way she views life in the country. 

Sweden’s handling of coronavirus drives some people to relocate    


Foreign residents in Sweden are reconsidering life in the Nordic country as a result of its light-handed approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A black and white portrait photograph of Olof Palme.

Doubts remain as Sweden closes case of Palme assassination after 34 years


A Swedish prosecutor closed the case of the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme after 34 years on Wednesday, accusing a graphic designer who died two decades ago of the country’s most notorious unsolved crime.