Absent Friend

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Sweden "Absent Friend"
Eurovision Song Contest 1965 entry
William Lind
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "En gång i Stockholm" (1963)   
"Nygammal vals" (1966) ►

"Absent Friend" (original Swedish title: "Annorstädes vals" - "Elsewhere Waltz") was the Swedish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1965, performed in English by opera singer Ingvar Wixell.[1] This was the first time that the country had not sung in Swedish in the Contest, and also the first time that any country in the contest did not sing in its own national language.

"Absent Friend" was performed 10th on the night, following Monaco's Marjorie Noël with "Va dire à l'amour" and preceding France's Guy Mardel with "N'avoue jamais". At the close of voting, it had received 6 points, placing 10th in a field of 18.

It was succeeded as Swedish representative at the 1966 contest by Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson with "Nygammal vals".


  1. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (1999), p. 50-55, 257. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
Preceded by
"En gång i Stockholm" by Monica Zetterlund and Carli Tornehave
Melodifestivalen winners
1965, performed by Ingvar Wixell
Succeeded by
"Nygammal vals" by Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson