Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||Sveriges Radiotjänst (1958)
Sveriges Radio (SR) (1959-1979)
Sveriges Television (SVT) (1980-)
|National selection events||Melodifestivalen|
|Appearances||53 (52 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012|
|Worst result||Nul points: 1963|
|SVT Official Homepage|
|Sweden's page at Eurovision.tv|
Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 52 times since their debut in 1958, being absent a total of five times, in 1956, 1957, 1964, 1970 and in 1976. Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through an annual televised competition, known since 1967 as Melodifestivalen.
Sweden is one of Eurovision's most successful countries, having won the contest five times as well as having reached the top 5 a total of 19 times. They have also made it to the top ten 35 times. Sweden's first Eurovision victory was in 1974 with the song "Waterloo", performed by ABBA. Thanks to their victory in Brighton ABBA went on to gain worldwide success, still being one of the best-selling pop groups of all time. Since then Sweden has won in 1984, 1991, 1999 and most recently in 2012 with the song "Euphoria", performed by Loreen. Sweden and United Kingdom are the only countries with Eurovision victories in four different decades, and the only country to host it in five decades (1975, 1985, 1992, 2000, 2013).
From 2005 to 2010, the Swedish results were less successful. Apart from Carola's "Invincible", which came 5th in 2006, their best result in that period was the 18th place. Prior to the 2010 contest Sweden was among the few countries not to have missed a Eurovision final since 1976, but this record was broken in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl failed to make it to the final in Oslo. Later it was revealed that Bergendahl had placed 11th in the semifinal, only 5 points from qualifying. Sweden is still among the few countries who has not missed any Eurovision since 1976. The 2011 contest, however, marked a comeback for Sweden as a Eurovision country when Eric Saade came 3rd with the song "Popular" after a voting system change in Melodifestivalen. The positive tendency continued with the Swedish victory in 2012.
Melodifestivalen is an annual music competition organised by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR). It determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest since 1959. It is one of Sweden's most popular television shows, and it has been estimated that more than 4 million Swedes watch the show annually.
Almost every Swedish entry for Eurovision has been selected through Melodifestivalen. Only one entry, Sweden's first entry in 1958, was not selected through Melodifestivalen, having been selected internally by the Swedish broadcaster at the time, Swedish Radio Service.
In recent years Swedish songwriters have been involved in the writing of entries from several countries. For instance, in 2010 the songs from Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Azerbaijan were written entirely or partly by Swedes, in 2011 the songs from Russia and Azerbaijan, in 2012 the songs from Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Norway, Azerbaijan and Spain and in 2013 the songs from Georgia, Finland, Norway, Russia, Netherlands and Azerbaijan.
- Second place
- Third place
- Last place
- Automatically qualified to the final
- Did not qualify for the final
- Did not compete or was relegated
- a. ^ In 2008, Sweden qualified through the back-up jury selection.
- b. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.
As of 2013, Sweden's voting history is as follows:
- Winner – Sweden gave 12 points to a winning song / Sweden won the contest.
- Second place – Sweden gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Sweden was runner-up in the contest.
- Third place – Sweden gave 12 points to a third place song / Sweden came third in the contest.
- Qualified – Sweden gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Sweden qualified to the Grand Finals.
- Non-qualified – Sweden gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Sweden did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
1 Sweden was illegible to vote at the 1993 pre-qualifying round, as voting was restricted to countries taking part in the pre-qualifying round.
2 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.
|1975||Stockholm||Stockholm International Fairs||Karin Falck|
|1992||Malmö||Malmö Ice||Lydia Cappolicchio and Harald Treutiger|
|2000||Stockholm||Globe Arena||Kattis Ahlström and Anders Lundin|
|2013||Malmö||Malmö Arena||Petra Mede|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
Voted by previous winners
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2002||Afro-dite||"Never Let It Go"||8th||72||Tallinn|
Voted by commentators
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
|2012||"Euphoria"||Thomas G:son (m & l) and Peter Boström (m & l)||Loreen||1st||372||Baku|
|2013||"You"||Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and
Joakim Harestad Haukaas
Winners by OGAE members
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
Commentators and spokespersons
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Over the years SVT commentary has been provided by several experienced radio and television presenters, including Jacob Dahlin, Ulf Elfving, Harald Treutiger, Pekka Heino, Kristian Luuk and Fredrik Belfrage. However since the 2009 Contest, Edward af Sillén has provided the SVT commentary alongside Shirley Clamp, Christine Meltzer Lind, Hélène Benno and Gina Dirawi.
|Year(s)||Television commentator||Dual Television commentator||Radio commentator||Spokesperson|
|1957||Nils Linnman||Dual television commentator introduced in 1992||Radio broadcast began in 1958||Sweden began participating in 1958|
|1958||Jan Gabrielsson||Same as television broadcast||Roland Eiworth|
|1963||Jörgen Cederberg||Edvard Matz|
|1964||Sven Lindahl||Sweden did not participate|
|1965||Berndt Friberg||Edvard Matz|
|1970||No television broadcast||Sweden did not participate|
|1971||Åke Strömmer||Ursula Richter||No spokesperson|
|1972||Bo Billtén||Björn Bjelfvenstam|
|1973||Alicia Lundberg||Ursula Richter|
|1974||Johan Sandström||Sven Lindahl|
|1976||No television broadcast||Sweden did not participate|
|1977||Ulf Elfving||Åke Strömmer & Ursula Richter||Sven Lindahl|
|1981||No radio broadcast||Bengteric Nordell|
|1982||Kent Finell||Arne Weise|
|1984||Fredrik Belfrage||No radio broadcast|
|1985||Jan Ellerås & Rune Hallberg|
|1986||Ulf Elfving||Jacob Dahlin|
|1987||Fredrik Belfrage||Jan Ellerås|
|1988||Bengt Grafström||Kalle Oldby||Maud Uppling|
|1989||Jacob Dahlin||Kent Finell and Janeric Sundquist||Agneta Bolme-Börjefors|
|1990||Jan Jingryd||unknown commentator from 1990||Jan Ellerås|
|1991||Harald Treutiger||Bo Hagström|
|1992||Björn Kjellman||Jesper Aspegren||Jan Jingryd|
|1993||Jan Jingryd||Kåge Gimtell||Gösta Hanson|
|1994||Pekka Heino||No dual commentator||Marianne Anderberg|
|1995||Pernilla Månsson||Kåge Gimtell||Björn Hedman|
|1996||Björn Kjellman||No Dual commentator||Ulla Rundquist|
|1997||Jan Jingryd||Gösta Hanson|
|1998||Pernilla Månsson||Christer Björkman||Björn Hedman|
|1999||Pekka Heino||Anders Berglund||Pontus Gårdinger|
|2000||Pernilla Månsson||Christer Lundh||Malin Ekander|
|2001||Henrik Olsson||No Dual commentator||Josefine Sundström|
|2002||Claes Åkesson||Christer Björkman||Kristin Kaspersen|
|2003||Pekka Heino||No Dual commentator||Kattis Ahlström|
|2007||Kristian Luuk||Josef Sterzenbach||André Pops|
|2009||Edward af Sillén||Shirley Clamp||Sarah Dawn Finer|
|2010||Christine Meltzer Lind||Eric Saade|
|2011||Hélène Benno||Danny Saucedo|
|2012||Gina Dirawi||Sarah Dawn Finer|
|2013||Josefine Sundström||No Dual commentator||Yohio|
Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest
- Sweden in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
- Sweden in the Eurovision Dance Contest
- SVT's site for Melodifestivalen
- Swedish Radio's site for Melodifestivalen
- ESC Sweden
- OGAE Sweden, the Swedish branch of the ESC fan club
- Schlager Party, a London series of schlager events
- Schlager Radio
- Points to and from Sweden eurovisioncovers.co.uk