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

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
Sweden's Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson gestures, after being elected to party chairman of the Social Democratic Party at the party’s congress in Gothenburg, Sweden

Sweden’s first female prime minister quits hours later

A red and white sign that says "Welcome to Älvdalen" in the language Elfdalian

A small town in Sweden fights to preserve Elfdalian, a dying forest language

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.

A woman wearing a face mask is seen in a bus stop next to an information sign asking people to keep social distance due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Stockholm, Sweden, June 26, 2020.

Sweden and Denmark have taken two very different approaches to COVID-19. What’s working?


Sweden and Denmark are only a few miles apart, but the two countries have handled COVID-19 very differently.

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.

A man holds a palmful of pellets

Swedish town uses chicken manure to disperse crowds — and stop spread of coronavirus


Swedish gardeners are turning to chicken manure to dissuade would-be revelers from gathering in Lund for Walpurgis Night.

Travelers with roller bags walk and look at departure screens

‘Flight shame’ in Sweden prompts rail-only travel movement


The Swedish movement of flygskam, or “flight shame,” has brought awareness to the toll that air travel has on the environment. It has also given way to tagskryt, or “train bragging.”