Sveriges Radio P2
|Broadcast area|| Sweden
|Format||Classical music, jazz, folk music, programmes in minority languages|
|Audience share||1.6% (January 2009, SIFO)|
P2 is one of the four main radio channels operated by Sweden's national publicly funded radio broadcasting organization Sveriges Radio (SR). It broadcasts music (principally classical music and jazz) and also carries educational programming as well as programmes in minority languages.
The channel began life in 1955 as Sweden's second radio channel. In 1966, SR gave its channels distinct profiles, making P2 the channel for education, regional programming, and "serious" music. Regional radio later became local radio and was moved to P3 – still later to P4 – leaving P2 with the profile it has today.
The music played on P2 is mostly classical in the broadest sense (from the earliest known compositions to 20th-century and contemporary works), but also features jazz, folk and "world music": in this respect P2 can be compared to many other similar public radio stations around the world, such as ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio 2, DR P2, France Musique, Polskie Radio Dwójka, RDP Antena 2, RNE Radio Clásica, WDR 3, and Ylen Klassinen.
Programming in minority languages is provided by SR Sisuradio, SR Sameradion, and SR International. Educational programmes from Utbildningsradion are also broadcast on P2. These educational and minority programmes, however, constitute only a small part of P2's schedule, and they are mainly broadcast in the early morning and in the afternoon.
SR also produces an all-music version of P2 under the name "P2 Musik" in which the minority-language and educational programming is replaced by music (largely from the webradio channel SR Klassiskt). This is available on the web and, in the capital only, on 96.2 FM from P2's Stockholm transmitter. The minority-language and educational content thus replaced is available in Stockholm as part of the programming of SR's P6 International channel on 89.6 FM.