Kärleken är

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Sweden "Kärleken är"
Eurovision Song Contest 1998 entry
Country Sweden
Artist(s) Jill Johnson
Language Swedish
Composer(s) Håkan Almqvist,
Bobby Ljunggren
Lyricist(s) Ingela Forsman
Conductor Anders Berglund
Finals performance
Final result 10th
Final points 53
Appearance chronology
◄ "Bara hon älskar mig" (1997)   
"Take Me to Your Heaven" (1999) ►

"Kärleken är" (literally, The love is, English title: "Eternal Love") is a ballad in Swedish about love. It was written by Ingela Forsman, Bobby Ljunggren and Håkan Almqvist. The song was sung by Swedish pop and country singer Jill Johnson in the Swedish Melodifestivalen 1998, where it won and competed for Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998. It finished 10th with 53 points. It was the last Swedish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest sung in Swedish.

Although lyricist Ingela "Pling" Forsman did not comment on the background of the song when it won Melodifestivalen and competed at Eurovision, she has since confirmed that the lyrics indeed were inspired by the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a car accident in France in 1997.[1] The chorus in Swedish translates as; "An angel flew by on her way to heaven, so free, but she left her smile here on earth - like a warming sun, like heavenly starlight, so that we can contemplate life and its events with a faith; love is..."

Single[edit]

The single "Kärleken är" was released on 20 March 1998. It reached #5 on the Swedish singles chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kärleken är" (radio version) - 3:00
  2. "Kärleken är" (instrumental version) - 3:00

List placings[edit]

Svensktoppen[edit]

Kärleken är was tested on the Sveriges Radio radio chart Svensktoppen, entering on 2 May 1998 at #1 and spending a total of six weeks on the listing.

Tracks[edit]

Kärleken är was also tested on Sveriges Radio's hit list Trackslistan. On 11 April 1998 the song entered the list, spending eight weeks on the chart, with its peak position at #6 on 16 May 1998.

English[edit]

Jill Johnson recorded the song on her 1998 album När hela världen ser på, both in its Swedish and English language versions, the latter entitled "Eternal Love" and retaining the theme of the original Swedish lyrics.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Bara hon älskar mig" by Blond
Melodifestivalen winners
1998
Succeeded by
"Tusen och en natt" by Charlotte Nilsson


References[edit]

  1. ^ Melodifestivalen genom tiderna, Premium förlag 2006 (first released 1999), page 263-265 - Melodifestival 1998, I schlagerns mikrokosmos...