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LU alumni amongst Swedish summer radio hosts

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Blomsterkrans, sommarkrans, blomkrans Sommar i P1 2024 Foto: Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio

Every year, the Swedish public service radio broadcasts the very popular programme Sommar i P1. Ever since its start in 1959, it has been a staple on the airwaves every summer. It features a range of fascinating storytellers and each host has free hands to create their own 1.5 hour-long show – choosing their own music and what they want to talk about. Being a host on Sommar i P1 is quite an honour, so don’t miss this year’s episodes featuring Lund University alumni!
Sommar i P1 (in Swedish)

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Lasse Berg. Photo: Elinor Wermeling

28 June – Lasse Berg, Journalist and Author | LU Faculty of Social Sciences’ Honorary Doctor, 2004
Lasse Berg has been called Sweden’s most optimistic journalist, with stories about people, culture and politics from all corners of the world. He lived and worked in Asia in the 1960s and in Africa in the 1980s, and these experiences are reflected in his latest book, Tillsammans: Människan som människans räddning. He is also known for the critically acclaimed Gryning över Kalahari about human evolution and nature.

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Jennie Walldén. Photo: Mattias Ahlm

5 July Jennie Walldén, TV Chef | LU degree: Bachelor of Social Science, 2001
Jennie Walldén became famous when she won Sweden’s MasterChef and now cooks on TV4’s Kökets middag, spreading the joy of cooking on social media. As a restaurateur, she runs the restaurant Namu and the cocktail bar Gaji in Malmö. She has written five cookbooks, including Nudlar, and her sixth cookbook, SMAK, is coming soon.

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Malena Ivarsson. Photo: Mattias Ahlm

7 July Malena Ivarsson, Sexologist | LU degree: Sociology
For nearly forty years, Malena Ivarsson has guided the Swedish people on matters of sex and relationships. This is also the theme of the podcast Till sängs, which she hosts together with Samanda Ekman. The duo has also written the book Till sängs med kulturen. Malena Ivarsson is a social worker, authorized clinical sexologist and author. She has studied Jungian psychology and answers readers’ questions in Aftonbladet and the magazine Senioren.

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Zećira Mušović | Photo: Andreas Svensson

10 July Zećira Mušović, Football Goalkeeper | LU degree: Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics, 2018
Zećira Mušović is the goalkeeper of the Swedish national football team and a professional player for the English club Chelsea FC. She made her debut in Division II at the age of thirteen and was quickly recruited to the top team FC Rosengård, where she contributed to winning nine titles, including four Swedish championships. During the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, Zećira Mušović emerged as a key player when Sweden defeated the reigning champions, USA, in the tournament’s round of sixteen.

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Olof Lund. Poto: Mattias Ahlm

19 July Olof Lundh, Sports Journalist | Studied economics, history and political science at Lund University
Olof Lundh is a sports journalist and columnist at TV4. He initiated the website “Fotbollskanalen” and also writes columns about sports and business in Dagens Industri. Lundh has shed light on the darker sides of football and the game beyond the field in five books. Following Templet i öknen – så köpte Qatar världens största sport, he was nominated for the Swedish journalism prize Stora Journalistpriset. He has also won the popular trivia show Alla mot alla.

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Karin Olofsdotter. Photo: Anton Silver

22 July Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden’s Ambassador To Russia | LU degree: Bachelor of Social Science, Psychology, 1991
She is the Swedish Ambassador in Moscow and was previously the Ambassador in Washington, D.C., USA. She represented Sweden at the funeral of regime critic Alexei Navalny in March. Karin Olofsdotter has worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for 30 years. She has also been Ambassador to Hungary and was posted in Russia during the 1990s.

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Jens Bergensten. Photo: Mattias Ahlm

9 August Jens Bergensten, Lead Designer of Minecraft | LU degree: Master of Science in Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, 2009
He is the Creative Lead Designer at Mojang Studios, the company that develops the video game Minecraft. With 300 million copies sold, Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time. Jens Bergensten has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

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Susanne Osten. Photo: Foto: Mattias Ahlm

18 August Susanne Osten, Theatre & Film Director | LU Faculty of Humanities’ Honorary Doctor, 2000
She is one of the country’s most prominent directors for theater and film, and a pioneer in the field of children and youth. She founded the department Unga Klara at the Stockholm City Theatre and served as its artistic director for 30 years. She has received an honorary Guldbagge Award and is currently involved with the film Love Duet, where she explores the genius cult around Ingmar Bergman. In 2021, her autobiography Who Does She Think She Is, Suzanne Osten was released.


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