Sweden

Sweden, participant of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1958, is one of the highest scoring countries in the competition. Eurovision is also extremely popular there. This is mainly due to their legendary national selection round, Melodifestivalen, which is the most widely watched television programme in Sweden (sometimes more so than the international Grand Final), and in which famous artists gladly participate.

Sweden has finished in the top three many times: coming in 3rd six times, 2nd once, and 1st an impressive six times - only beaten to the top spot by record holder Ireland (with seven wins). These six wins came, in reverse order, from Måns Zelmerlöw (2015, Heroes), Loreen (2012, Euphoria), Charlotte Nilsson (1999, Take Me to Your Heaven), Carola (1991, Fångad av en stormvind), Herrey’s (1984, Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley), and of course, ABBA (1974, Waterloo).

The group, consisting of members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstadt, is still the most famous act ever to come out of the Eurovision Song Contest, and Waterloo the most famous song.

But the Swedes aren’t only successful when it comes to choosing their own entries and creating highly professional stage acts; they are also widely regarded as the best hosts overall. Other participating countries frequently make use of Swedish set designers, producers and floor managers - some even use Swedish songwriters. Azerbaijan, for example, almost always makes use of Swedish creators.

 

Translation: Amber Hughes

Performance

Entries 59
Average Performance 60.5%

Entries

Rotterdam 2020
The Mamas — Move
(Melanie Wehbe/Patrik Jean/Herman Gardarfve)
Tel Aviv 2019
John Lundvik — Too late for love
(John Lundvik/Anderz Wrethov/Andreas Stone Johansson)
5th
334
Lisbon 2018
Benjamin Ingrosso — Dance you off
(MAG/Louis Schoorl/K Nita/Benjamin Ingrosso)
7th
274
Kyiv 2017
Robin Bengtsson — I can't go on
(David Kreuger/Hamed 'K-One' Pirouzpanah/Robin Stjernberg)
5th
344
Stockholm 2016
Frans — If I were sorry
(Frans Jeppsson Wall/Fredrik Andersson/Michael Saxell/Oscar Fogelström)
5th
261
Vienna 2015
Måns Zelmerlöw — Heroes
(Linnea Deb/Joy Deb/Anton Hård af Segerstad)
1st
365
Copenhagen 2014
Sanna Nielsen — Undo
(Fredrik Kempe/David Kreuger/Hamed 'K-One' Pirouzpanah)
3rd
218
Malmö 2013
Robin Stjernberg — You
(Robin Stjernberg/Joy Deb/Linnea Deb/Joakim Harestad Haukaas)
14th
62
Baku 2012
Loreen — Euphoria
(Thomas G:son/Peter Boström)
1st
372
Düsseldorf 2011
Eric Saade — Popular
(Fredrik Kempe)
3rd
185
Oslo 2010
Anna Bergendahl — This is my life
(Bobby Ljunggren/Kristian Lagerström)
11th
62
Moscow 2009
Malena Ernman — La voix
(Fredrik Kempe/Malena Ernman)
21st
33
Belgrade 2008
Charlotte Perrelli — Hero
(Fredrik Kempe/Bobby Ljunggren)
18th
47
Helsinki 2007
The Ark — The worrying kind
(The Ark)
18th
51
Athens 2006
Carola — Invincible
(Thomas G:son/Bobby Ljunggren/Henrik Wikström/Carola Häggkvist)
5th
170
Kyiv 2005
Martin Stenmarck — Las Vegas
(Niklas Edberger/Johan Fransson/Tim Larsson/Tobias Lundgren)
19th
30
Istanbul 2004
Lena Philipsson — It hurts
(Thomas Orup Eriksson)
5th
170
Riga 2003
Fame — Give me your love
(Calle Kindbom/Carl Lösnitz)
5th
107
Tallinn 2002
Afro-dite — Never let it go
(Marcos Ubeda)
8th
72
Copenhagen 2001
Friends — Listen to your heartbeat
(Thomas G:son/Henrik Sethsson)
8th
100
Stockholm 2000
Roger Pontare — When spirits are calling my name
(Peter Dahl/Linda Jansson/Thomas Holmstrand)
7th
88
Jerusalem 1999
Charlotte Nilsson — Take me to your heaven
(Lars Diedricson/Gert Lengstrand/Marcos Ubeda)
1st
163
Birmingham 1998
Jill Johnson — Kärleken är
(Håkan Almqvist/Bobby Ljunggren/Ingela Forsman)
10th
53
Dublin 1997
Blond — Bara hon älskar mig
(Stephan Berg)
14th
36
Oslo 1996
One More Time — Den vilda
(Peter Grönvall/Nanne Grönvall)
3rd
100
Dublin 1995
Jan Johansen — Se på mej
(Håkan Almqvist/Bobby Ljunggren/Ingela Forsman)
3rd
100
Dublin 1994
Marie Bergman and Roger Pontare — Stärnorna
(Peter Bertilsson/Mikael Littwold)
13th
48
Millstreet 1993
Arvingarna — Eloise
(Lasse Holm/Gert Lengstrand)
7th
89
Malmö 1992
Christer Björkmann — I morgon är en annan dag
(Niklas Strömstedt)
22nd
9
Rome 1991
Carola — Fångad av en stormvind
(Stephan Berg)
1st
146
Zagreb 1990
Edin-Ådahl — Som en vind
(Mikael Wendt)
16th
24
Lausanne 1989
Tommy Nilsson — En dag
(Alexander Bard/Ola Håkansson/Tim Norell)
4th
110
Dublin 1988
Tommy Körberg — Stad i ljus
(Py Bäckman)
12th
52
Brussels 1987
Lotta Engberg — Boogaloo
(Mikael Wendt/Christer Lundh)
12th
50
Bergen 1986
Lasse Holm & Monica Törnell — E' de' det här du kallar kärlek?
(Lasse Holm)
5th
78
Gothenburg 1985
Kikki Danielsson — Bra vibrationer
(Lasse Holm/Ingela Forsman)
3rd
103
Luxembourg 1984
Herrey's — Diggi-loo diggi-ley
(Torgny Söderberg/Britt Lindeborg)
1st
145
Munich 1983
Carola Häggkvist — Främling
(Lasse Holm/Monica Forsberg)
3rd
126
Harrogate 1982
Chips — Dag efter dag
(Lasse Holm/Monica Forsberg)
8th
67
Dublin 1981
Björn Skifs — Fångad i en dröm
(Björn Skifs/Bengt Palmers)
10th
50
The Hague 1980
Tomas Ledin — Just nu!
(Tomas Ledin)
10th
47
Jerusalem 1979
Ted Gärdestad — Satellit
(Kenneth Gärdestad/Ted Gärdestad)
17th
8
Paris 1978
Björn Skifs — Det blir alltid värre framåt natten
(Peter Himmelstrand)
14th
26
London 1977
Forbes — Beatles
(Claes Bure/Sven-Olof Bagge)
18th
2
Stockholm 1975
Lasse Berghagen — Jennie, Jennie
(Lasse Berghagen)
8th
72
Brighton 1974
ABBA — Waterloo
(Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus/Stig Anderson)
1st
24
Luxembourg 1973
Nova & The Dolls — You're summer
(Monica Dominique/Carl-Axel Dominique/Lars Forssell)
5th
94
Edinburgh 1972
Family Four — Härliga sommardag
(Håkan Elmquist)
13th
75
Dublin 1971
Family Four — Vita vidder
(Håkan Elmquist)
6th
85
Madrid 1969
Tommy Körberg — Judy, min vänn
(Roger Wallis/Britt Lindeborg)
9th
8
London 1968
Claes-Göran Hederström — Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mej
(Peter Himmelstrand)
5th
15
Vienna 1967
Östen Warnerbring — Som en dröm
(Marcus Österdahl/Curt Peterson/Patrice Hellberg)
8th
7
Luxembourg 1966
Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson — Nygammal vals
(Bengt Arne Wallin/Björn Lindroth)
2nd
16
Napels 1965
Ingvar Wixell — Absent friend
(Dag Wirén/Alf Henrikson)
10th
6
London 1963
Monica Zetterlund — En gång i Stockholm
(Bobbie Ericson/Beppe Wolgers)
13th
0
Luxembourg 1962
Inger Berggren — Sol och vår
(Åke Gerhard/Ulf Källqvist)
7th
4
Cannes 1961
Lill-Babs — April, april
(Bobbie Ericsson/Bo Eneby)
14th
2
London 1960
Siw Malmkvist — Alla andra får varann
(Ulf Kjellqvist/Åke Gerhard)
10th
4
Cannes 1959
Brita Borg — Augustin
(Harry Sandin/Åke Gerhard)
9th
4
Hilversum 1958
Alice Babs — Lilla stjärna
(Åke Gerhard/Gunnar Wersén)
4th
10

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