Donald Duck was Sweden’s most watched TV show of 2016

A 1950s compilation of Disney cartoons shown on Christmas Eve looks set to be Sweden's biggest television event of the year, beating the Eurovision Song Contest final into second place.

Donald Duck was Sweden's most watched TV show of 2016
Donald Duck, or Kalle Anka as he's known in Sweden. Photo: SVT
The compilation, 'From All of Us to All of You', referred to universally in Sweden as 'Kalle Anka' (Donald Duck), was seen by 3.73 million people when it was broadcast at 3pm on 24th December, according to broadcaster SVT. That's 97 percent of everyone who was watching television at that exact time.
In other words more than one in three of Sweden's population of 10 million tuned in to the hour-long cartoon compilation, which also features favourites such as Snow White, Mickey Mouse and Ferdinand the Bull.
While some way from the show's record audience of 4.32 million in 1997, the figures were slightly higher than the preceding three Christmases. It was only the second time this century that the cartoon topped the annual ratings. 
The show, broadcast every year since 1959, usually competes with the Eurovision Sing Contest Final and the Swedish Melodifestivalen for the top spot. This year, even the fact that Eurovision was held in Stockholm wasn't enough to steal the Disney fest's crown.
“It's very pleasing that broadcasting continues to attract such big audiences and to bring so many people together,” SVT's acting head of marketing Christer Mellstrand said to SVT News.
Donald Duck is so popular that calls to emergency services fall by up to a quarter, something officials call “the Donald Duck effect”.


Will anywhere in France get a white Christmas this year?

A white Christmas might be at the top of many people's festive wish list but will it actually come true for anyone in France this year?

Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Orschwiller, eastern France.
Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Orschwiller, eastern France. Non-mountainous parts of the country will not see snow this year. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

If you’re in France and have been dreaming of a white Christmas, you are probably out of luck. 

It has been freezing in recent days with temperatures falling to a low of -33.4C in Jura on Wednesday morning, but the cold spell isn’t going to last. 

Temperatures across the country will hover around the 10C level in most of France by the afternoon on December 25th according to Météo France, with parts of the country including Brittany and some parts of eastern France experiencing rainfall. 

By the afternoon on Christmas Day, the chances of snow look extremely limited. Source:

On Saturday, there will be some snowfall, but only if you are high in the mountains at an altitude of 1,800-2,000m. On Sunday, places above 1,500m could also see snow – but this rules out the vast majority of the country. 

Roughly half the country will see sunshine over the weekend. The French weather channel said that this Christmas could be among the top five or six warmest since 1947. 

Last year, Météo France cautioned: “While we often associate snow with Christmas in the popular imagination, the probability of having snow in the plains [ie not in the mountains] during this period is weak in reality.”

One of the last great Christmas snowfalls, outside of France’s mountainous areas, came in 2010 when 3-10 cm of snow fell in Lille, Rouen and Paris. In Strasbourg, 26cm fell. 

On Christmas Day in 1996, 12 cm of snow fell in Angers – ironically, this was also the day that the film, Y’aura t’il de la neige à Noël? (Will there never be snow at Christmas?) was released. It had been ten years since France had seen such snowfall outside of the Alps and Pyrenees. 

Météo France directly attributes declining rates of Christmas snowfall to climate change. Compared to 50 years ago, even the Alps receives the equivalent one less month of snowfall per year.