how many aren't hosted by an American with a focus on an American perspective?
I struggle with the same thing. I love well produced podcasts, but I end up with hours of American navel gazing as a kind of background muzak in my life.
For those that understand Scændinaviån I would recommend the following – in no particular order:
En mörk historia - True crime. I especially enjoyed the Svarta änkan episodes about a man murdered by his wife.
P3 Dokumentär - Not really a podcast, but the Swedish equivalent of the BBC making their best documentary material available in podcast form. The Hästgården mini-series about child abuse is unforgettable.
Kvinden med den tunge kuffert - Miniseries produced by the newspaper Politiken. About a serial fraudster. Amazing.
Et langsomt mord - True crime about a cold case murder. The twist is that the podcast is led by the victim's son. Well produced, but a little slow paced maybe?
Taakeprat - The only independent podcast on this list. The guy making it has no other outlet and appears to have no mini-celeb aspirations. Mostly about weird cults and ideologies.
Hele historien - Produced by the Norwegian BBC. Mini series on events in recent Norwegian history. The mini series about the Alvdal child abuse case that escaped detection by the local authorities as well as the Treholt cold war spying scandal are quite good.