Do Swedes Actually Work

Swedishness Podcast: Do Swedes Actually Do Any Work? (episode 5)

Well yes! I actually find Swedes to be one of the most efficient types of people (think IKEA). But one may question when Swedes actually DO their work, as the Swedishness episode 5 podcast points out:

Employees in Sweden get more paid holiday than nearly any other country in the world – a guaranteed minimum of 25 days a year. Add to that around a dozen public holidays. When the Swedes actually are at work, they’re bound to spend an average of 25 per cent of their time in meetings, aiming for consensus. And let’s not forget, they’re legally entitled to coffee breaks. So, with all these things considered, when do Swedes actually get any work done?

Good question! And as I read this, all I can think is “no wonder I want to live there!”.

Enjoy episode 5 of Swedisness!


Worlds Oldest Free Press

Swedishness Podcast: The World’s Oldest Free Press (episode 4)

So what? Well, I suppose maybe young people may not appreciate free press and being able to say anything, including the truth. It seems that more and more the freedom of the press is being weighed down by untruths and bias that many are struggling to figure out what is real and what isn’t.

I didn’t know Sweden had the world’s oldest freedom of the press, dating back to 1766. In Swedishness podcast #4, Kattis and Phillip interview Ola Larsmo, the president of Sweden’s PEN chapter which promotes and literature and freedom of expression.

Will Sweden be run by robots?

Swedishness Podcast: Will Sweden Be First to Be Run by Robots? (episode 2)

Swedishness is the newly released podcast from SI, Swedish Institute. Last time Kattis Ahlström and her co-host and Swedish resident for 12 years, Philip O’Connor, discussed parental leave in Sweden.

This time they discuss the point to which Swede’s adapt to technology. They are already headed to be the first cashless country. Now robots?

Kattis and Philip interview Amy Loutfi, a Canadian professor in AI and robotics who specializes in human-robot interaction at Örebro University and Andreas Ekström, a journalist at Swedish daily Sydsvenskan, and an advocate for digital equality.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below!

Swedishness Episode #1 Parental Leave

Swedishness Podcast Parental Leave in Sweden (episode 1)

Sweden knows its awesomeness, and is ready to share it with the world!  Has been for awhile, with great sites like  This year the Swedish Institute has launched a new podcast called Swedishness.

Here is a little information about the podcast:

Together with co-host Philip O’Connor, an Irish journalist who has lived in Sweden for 18 years, Kattis Ahlström interviews Swedish and non-Swedish experts. The podcast is in English and will be released in seven episodes about everything from parental leave and digital technology to Swedish tradition, Swedes and happiness.

In this first episode, Philip and Kattis tackle parental leave in Sweden.

In Sweden, parents of a newborn are given 480 days of leave to split between them to look after their child. Most of the days are paid up to 80 per cent of the parent’s salary and can be taken until the child turns eight. Paid by the state, the system encourages both parents to take time off to spend time with their child. What is it like to have all that time with your child, and what is it like to get back to work after so many months away? Soundcloud

What do you think, Swedish Freaks, about this episode and the new podcast in general?