Whether you’re commuting to work, working out, taking a walk in the park or doing chores around the house, podcasts can make your time a little more interesting. With so many topics and incredible hosts, there is a podcast for everyone. If you’d like to learn more about Scandinavian life, there are plenty of shows to scratch that particular itch.
Here are the Scandinavian podcasts and episodes we’re listening to right now:
Third Ear – “Soundtracks of Our Lives“
Third Ear is an award-winning Danish-language podcast that focuses on sound art and audio storytelling. Almost all episodes are in Danish, but they do have one episode in English so non-Danes can experience the magic. Check it out!
A podcast dedicated to pop, politics and people in Scandinavia, hosted and produced by journalist Lena Rutkowski and broadcast on Heartbeats. Episodes have focused on “is feminism a dirty word in Denmark?” and “is hygge just hype?”. The new season has just started so get into it!
Invisibilia – “Flip the Script“
The team from US podcast Invisibilia travelled to Denmark to learn about the “Aarhus model” of dealing with young Danish men who have been radicalized and returned from Syria: by giving them mentors and support. This episode will hit your emotions hard.
Danish comedian Sofie Hagen lives in London and is one-half of UK podcast “The Guilty Feminist.” Although the podcast is UK-based, she often has plenty to say about feminism and fat-shaming in Denmark, particularly in this episode, recorded live in Copenhagen with Danish comedian Sanne Sondergaard as a guest.
Okay, so this one is technically in Norwegian – but it has been subtitled by Radio Atlas, a project which aims to translate documentaries from around the world. This episode follows 87 year old Harald Brobakken, a Norwegian man who believes that he has invented an everlasting battery, and is completely heartwarming. Radio Atlas has lots of other podcasts subtitled from different Scandinavian countries.
The Swedish Institute has launched “Swedishness,” a podcast series dedicated to new perspectives on Sweden. The whole thing is in English and is a great way to learn about what’s going on in the country now.