Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station Sveriges Radiotjänst (1958)
Sveriges Radio (SR) (1959-1979)
Sveriges Television (SVT) (1980-)
National selection events Melodifestivalen
Appearances 53 (52 finals)
First appearance 1958
Best result 1st: 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012
Worst result

Last: 1963, 1977

Nul points: 1963
External links
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.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been hosted in Sweden five times, twice in Stockholm (1975 and 2000), twice in Malmö (1992 and 2013) and once in Gothenburg (1985).

Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting in 1997.


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.


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1958 Alice Babs Swedish "Lilla stjärna" 4 10
No Semi-Finals
1959 Brita Borg Swedish "Augustin" 9 4
1960 Siw Malmkvist Swedish "Alla andra får varann" 10 4
1961 Lill-Babs Swedish "April, April" 14 2
1962 Inger Berggren Swedish "Sol och vår" 7 4
1963 Monica Zetterlund Swedish "En gång i Stockholm" 13 0
Did Not Compete
1965 Ingvar Wixell English "Absent Friend" 10 6
1966 Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson Swedish "Nygammal vals" 2 16
1967 Östen Warnerbring Swedish "Som en dröm" 8 7
1968 Claes-Göran Hederström Swedish "Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig" 5 15
1969 Tommy Körberg Swedish "Judy, min vän" 9 8
Did Not Compete
1971 Family Four Swedish "Vita vidder" 6 85
1972 Swedish "Härliga sommardag" 13 75
1973 The Nova English "You're Summer" 5 94
1974 ABBA English "Waterloo" 1 24
1975 Lars Berghagen and The Dolls English "Jennie, Jennie" 8 72
Did Not Compete
1977 Forbes Swedish "Beatles" 18 2
1978 Björn Skifs Swedish "Det blir alltid värre framåt natten" 14 26
1979 Ted Gärdestad Swedish "Satellit" 17 8
1980 Tomas Ledin Swedish "Just nu!" 10 47
1981 Björn Skifs Swedish "Fångad i en dröm" 10 50
1982 Chips Swedish "Dag efter dag" 8 67
1983 Carola Swedish "Främling" 3 126
1984 Herreys Swedish "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" 1 145
1985 Kikki Danielsson Swedish "Bra vibrationer" 3 103
1986 Monica Törnell & Lasse Holm Swedish "E' de' det här du kallar kärlek?" 5 78
1987 Lotta Engberg Swedish "Boogaloo" 12 50
1988 Tommy Körberg Swedish "Stad i ljus" 12 52
1989 Tommy Nilsson Swedish "En dag" 4 110
1990 Edin-Ådahl Swedish "Som en vind" 16 24
1991 Carola Swedish "Fångad av en stormvind" 1 146
1992 Christer Björkman Swedish "I morgon är en annan dag" 22 9
1993 Arvingarna Swedish "Eloise" 7 89
Participated Previous Year
1994 Marie Bergman and Roger Pontare Swedish "Stjärnorna" 13 48
No Semi-Finals
1995 Jan Johansen Swedish "Se på mig" 3 100
1996 One More Time Swedish "Den vilda" 3 100 1 227
1997 Blond Swedish "Bara hon älskar mig" 14 36
No Semi-Finals
1998 Jill Johnson Swedish "Kärleken är" 10 53
1999 Charlotte Nilsson English "Take Me to Your Heaven" 1 163
2000 Roger Pontare English "When Spirits Are Calling My Name" 7 88
2001 Friends English "Listen To Your Heartbeat" 5 100
2002 Afro-dite English "Never Let It Go" 8 72
2003 Fame English "Give Me Your Love" 5 107
2004 Lena Philipsson English "It Hurts" 5 170
Top 11 Previous Year
2005 Martin Stenmarck English "Las Vegas" 19 30
Top 12 Previous Year
2006 Carola English "Invincible" 5 170 4 214
2007 The Ark English "The Worrying Kind" 18 51
Top 10 Previous Year
2008 Charlotte Perrelli English "Hero" 18 47 12a 54
2009 Malena Ernman English, French "La voix" 21 33 4 105
2010 Anna Bergendahl English "This Is My Life"
Failed to qualify
11 62
2011 Eric Saade English "Popular" 3 185 1 155
2012 Loreen English "Euphoria" 1 372 1 181
2013 Robin Stjernberg English "You" 14 62
Reigning Champion
2014 Sanna Nielsen English "Undo"
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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Sweden's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     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.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1975  Netherlands No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1976 Did not participate Did not participate
1977  Ireland
1978  Monaco
1979  Israel
1980  United Kingdom
1981  Germany  France
1982  Yugoslavia
1983  United Kingdom  Germany
1984  Ireland  Austria
1985  Norway  Finland
1986   Switzerland  Iceland
1987  Ireland  Israel
1988   Switzerland  Norway
1989  Denmark  Austria
1990  Ireland
1991  Malta  Denmark
 United Kingdom
1992  Malta
1993  Ireland None1
Did not Participate
1994  Hungary No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1995  Denmark  Denmark
1996  Estonia Unknown2  Ireland Unknown2
1997  United Kingdom No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1998  Norway  Estonia
1999  Iceland  Bosnia and Herzegovina
 United Kingdom
2000  Denmark  Turkey
2001  Greece
2002  Estonia  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2003  Norway  Romania
2004  Serbia and Montenegro  Serbia and Montenegro  Denmark
Did not Participate
2005  Greece  Denmark
Did not Participate
2006  Finland  Finland
2007  Finland  Iceland  Denmark
Did not Participate
2008  Norway  Denmark  Malta  Denmark
2009  Norway  Iceland
2010  Germany  Denmark Did not Qualify  Denmark
2011  Ireland  Denmark  Estonia
2012  Cyprus  Estonia  Austria
 United Kingdom
2013  Norway  Denmark  Norway Did not Participate

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.


Year Location Venue Presenters
1975 Sweden Stockholm Stockholm International Fairs Karin Falck
1985 Sweden Gothenburg Scandinavium Lill Lindfors
1992 Sweden Malmö Malmö Ice Lydia Cappolicchio and Harald Treutiger
2000 Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena Kattis Ahlström and Anders Lundin
2013 Sweden Malmö Malmö Arena Petra Mede

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Artistic Award

Voted by previous winners

Year Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2002 Afro-dite "Never Let It Go" 8th 72 Tallinn
2006 Carola "Invincible" 5th 170 Athens

Voted by commentators

Year Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2012 Loreen "Euphoria" 1st 372 Baku

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
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
Robin Stjernberg 14th 62 Malmö

Winners by OGAE members[edit]

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2008 "Hero" Charlotte Perrelli 18th 47 Belgrade
2012 "Euphoria" Loreen 1st 372 Baku

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

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
1960 Tage Danielsson
1961 Roland Eiworth
1962 Tage Danielsson
1963 Jörgen Cederberg Edvard Matz
1964 Sven Lindahl Sweden did not participate
1965 Berndt Friberg Edvard Matz
1966 Sven Lindahl
1967 Christina Hansegård
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
1975 Åke Strömmer
1976 No television broadcast Sweden did not participate
1977 Ulf Elfving Åke Strömmer & Ursula Richter Sven Lindahl
1978 Kent Finell
1980 Arne Weise
1981 No radio broadcast Bengteric Nordell
1982 Kent Finell Arne Weise
1983 Agneta Bolme-Börjefors
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
2004 Jovan Radomir
2005 Annika Jankell
2006 Jovan Radomir
2007 Kristian Luuk Josef Sterzenbach André Pops
2008 Björn Gustafsson
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[edit]

Artist Title Place Points Year Place Points
ABBA "Waterloo" 1 329 1974 1 24


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