Sveriges Radio

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Sveriges Radio (SR)
Sveriges Radio.svg
Type Public broadcasting
Owner Foundation Management for SR, SVT, and UR
Launch date1 January 1925;97 years ago (1925-01-01) (radio)
4 September 1956;65 years ago (1956-09-04) (television)
Former names
AB Radiotjänst (1925–1957)
Stations P1, P2, P3, P4

Sveriges Radio AB (Swedish pronunciation:  [ˈsvæ̌rjɛs ˈrɑ̌ːdɪʊ] , "Sweden's Radio") is Sweden's national publicly funded radio broadcaster. Sveriges Radio is a public limited company, owned by an independent foundation, previously funded through a licensing fee, the level of which is decided by the Swedish Riksdag. As of 1 January 2019, the funds stem from standard taxation. No advertising is permitted. Its legal status could be described as that of a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization.


Sveriges Radio building, Radiohuset, in Stockholm (August 2008) Radiohuset Stockholm.JPG
Sveriges Radio building, Radiohuset, in Stockholm (August 2008)

The company – which was founded as AB Radiotjänst ("Radio Service Ltd") by a consortium of newspaper companies, the TT news agency, and radio manufacturing interests on 21 March 1924 – made its first broadcast on 1 January 1925: a relay of High Mass from St James's Church in Stockholm. It was officially 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 it 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

Four radio channels are available nationwide on FM, DAB and via the internet. [1] [2]

Local radio

A large part of P4's programming is regional with 26 regions each broadcasting their own local programmes during most of the day.

Additional radio stations available locally on FM include:

Digital channels

Sveriges Radio also provides a number of digital channels through DAB and via the internet.

SR International

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 digital channels.

On 16 March 2010, Radio Sweden announced the end of broadcasts on shortwave and medium wave as from 31 October 2010. [3] External service programmes would continue on the internet only. [4] 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, Persian, Dari, and Kurdish would remain. [5]


The public's trust in the company, along with its Public Service counterparts in Sweden, may have decreased slightly during the 2000s. The decrease is most significant among right wing citizens. [6] [7]

In 2022, it was revealed that SR had registered the word ”Sommar”, meaning Summer in Swedish, as a trademark, along with other names related to their show, Sommar i P1, much to the dismay of some podcast operators. [8]

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  1. "Ta del av vårt digitala utbud" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 21 October 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  2. "Kanaler och frekvenser". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). 1 November 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  3. Radio Sweden Ends Medium, Short Wave, Sveriges Radio International, 16 March 2010. Archived July 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Radio Sweden to become an Internet-only station, Media Network, 17 March 2010.
  5. Radio Sweden Ends Medium, Short Wave, Sveriges Radio International, 16. March 2010. Archived July 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Förtroende för SVT fortsätter sjunka, 24 April 2018
  7. "Medieförtroende, SOM-institutet 2018" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-06-08. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  8. "Sveriges Radio har varumärkesregistrerat ordet "Sommar"". 29 July 2022.