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Apr 11, 2007

Sweden's Slave Trade


This year it's two hundred years since Great Britain abolished the Slave trade. But there are countries which instead of following suit, took advantage and expanded their transatlantic slave-trading, and it might come as a surprise for many that among them was Sweden. It didn't abandon the practice until nearly 40 years later...but how much do Swedes today know about their country's shameful past? Tom McAlinden finds out...

And if you want to know what happened to the small number of African slaves brought to Sweden and how the British eventually scared the Swedish Parliament into abolishing slavery, read more about Sweden's slave colony and listen to the broadcast.

Pictured: King Gustav III of Sweden

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