Sweden is well known for having some of the most generous parental leave policies in the world. Is it true? Is it all good or are there some downsides to Sweden's parental situation? We talk to Ann-Zofie Duvander, she is an Associate professor of Sociology and Demography at Stockholm Univeristy. Her research interests include family policy as well as the family and work-connection. She is an expert on parental leave policies in Sweden, with a special focus on leave taken by fathers.
Kristoffer Lüthi is the deputy managing director of the sustainable Swedish bank Ekobanken. Sustainable banks are also called ethical banks or green banks. Ekobanken has been growing since the day it opened, and I wanted to talk to Kristoffer about what a sustainable bank offers customers that the mainstreams bank don't.
When people think of Sweden, I think they think of the peace loving Swedes, generous welfare state, equality, neutrality. You know, all these progressive ideas.
But what they may not know is that Sweden is one of the world’s largest exporters of weapons per capita.
And the country has a long history of exporting weapons. So how can you be neutral while selling arms? To learn more about this dichotomy, we’re joined today by the president of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, Anna Ek.