A new Danish radio programme hopes to get Swedes talking about taboo subjects. The Local spoke with host Mikael Jalving about the cultural divide between Denmark and Sweden when it comes to discussing social issues.

For two countries that have so much in common, Denmark and Sweden have vastly different approaches to the public debate.

While Swedes accuse Danes of taking their zeal for the freedom of expression to extremes (see the Mohammed cartoons), Danes in turn view Swedes as a conflict-adverse and repressed lot whose self-censorship has left them with their heads in the sand.

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