Sveriges Radio

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Coordinates: 59°20′5″N 18°6′5″E / 59.33472°N 18.10139°E / 59.33472; 18.10139

Sveriges Radio (SR)
Type Public broadcasting
Country Sweden
Availability National
Launch date
1 January 1925; 90 years ago (1925-01-01) (radio)
4 September 1956; 59 years ago (1956-09-04) (television)
Former names
Radiotjänst (1925-1957)
Official website
The Sveriges Radio building in Stockholm

Sveriges Radio AB (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsværˈjɛs ˈrɑːdio], "Radio Sweden") 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.[citation needed]

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


The company was founded on 21 March 1924 as AB Radiotjänst (Radio Service), and performed its first public broadcast on 1 January 1925. It 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[edit]

Four radio channels are available nationwide on FM and via the internet.[1]

  • P1: news, culture, debate, readings, documentaries, etc. Almost no music is played, except in the daily summertime programme Sommar (where guest presenters introduce their own choice of music), and the Sunday morning Andliga sånger (listeners' devotional-song requests).
  • P2: classical music, folk, jazz and world music; the channel also carries some minority-language programming.
  • P3: popular music and comedy targeted at a younger audience.
  • P4: popular music, entertainment and sport, chiefly targeted at an older audience; the network is made up of 25 local stations, each of which carries a mix of local and national programming.

Local radio[edit]

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 (in Malmö): playing mostly hiphop and R&B
  • Metropol 93,8 (in Stockholm): multicultural youth station for Stockholm (formerly SR P5 Radio Stockholm)
  • SR P2 Musik (in Stockholm): relays most of the output of P2, but replaces programming in minority and foreign languages (available in Stockholm from P6, see below) with additional music output – Schedule
  • SR P6 89,6 (in Stockholm): broadcasts in minority and foreign languages as well as relaying programmes from the web-based P2 Världen channel and (overnight) the BBC World ServiceSchedule

Other channels[edit]

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

SR International[edit]

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

SR International is not responsible for programming in the domestic minority languages, Finnish and Sámi, which have their own dedicated channels. 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.[2] External service programmes would continue on the internet only.[3] Language services for immigrants to Sweden in Albanian, Syriac, Serbian, Bosnian, and Croat would also be discontinued, while programmes in English (also on the domestic service), German, Russian, Persian, Dari, and Kurdish would remain.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Direktlänkar, kanaler i MP3 (192 kbps)", links to channels streaming in mp3 format. Sveriges Radio's webpage. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ Radio Sweden Ends Medium, Short Wave, Sveriges Radio International, 16 March 2010.
  3. ^ Radio Sweden to become an Internet-only station, Media Network, 17 March 2010.
  4. ^ Radio Sweden Ends Medium, Short Wave, Sveriges Radio International, 16. March 2010.

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