Josefin Nilsson

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Josefin Nilsson
Birth nameMonica Emma Josefin Nilsson
Born(1969-03-22)22 March 1969
När, Gotland, Sweden[1]
Died29 February 2016(2016-02-29) (aged 46)
Själsö, Gotland, Sweden
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress
Associated actsAinbusk

Monica Emma Josefin Nilsson, registered as Monica Emma Josefina Nilsson (22 March 1969 – 29 February 2016)[2] was a Swedish singer and actress.


Born in När, Gotland,[1] Josefin Nilsson was the daughter of revue artist and songwriter Allan Nilsson. She founded the Ainbusk group with her sister Marie Nilsson and two friends Annelie Roswall and Birgitta "Bittis" Jakobsson. They were noticed by Benny Andersson who wrote them two songs that were successful in Sweden. They released their first EP in 1990.

In 1992, she received the Ulla Billquist-stipendiet, an award that encourages young artists. The following year, her first solo album, Shapes was written and produced by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of the ABBA group and ranked 14th in Swedish sales. She played the role of Svetlana in the Swedish version of Chess in 2002 and participated in the Melodifestivalen (Swedish national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest) solo in 2005 and with her group Ainbusk in 2008. She released several albums with her band from 1993 to 2008 and was noticed in a few movies but had to take a break due to health problems.

An Estonian-language cover version of Josefin Nilsson's "Surprise, Surprise" was made in 1995. It was named "Sa muutsid kõik" and performed by Estonian pop singer Nancy.[3]

In 2015, Benny Andersson wrote a new track that she recorded with Marie Nilsson but it was not released in digital version until four years later. In 2016, she gave a few concerts in Gotland with her sister Marie. Shortly after undergoing hip surgery, Josefin died in her home in Gotland, on 29 February 2016, a few weeks before her 47th birthday.[4]. In 2019, a documentary on the singer's life was broadcast on SVT and revealed the violence she had suffered from her former partner Örjan Ramberg, the latter being the main cause of her state of health. The documentary revived the debate on domestic violence in Sweden.



  • Shapes (1993)


  • "Heaven and Hell" (1993)
  • "High Hopes and Heartaches"
  • "Where the Whales Have Ceased to Sing"
  • "Surprise, Surprise"
  • "Med hjärtats egna ord" (2005)
  • "Jag saknar dig ibland" (2008)


Year Title Role
1996 Juloratoriet
1997 Adam & Eva Eva
2000 Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig Sophia
2002 Chess Svetlana


  1. ^ a b "Josefin Nilsson". IMDb. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  2. ^ Tersmeden, Carl Bruno (29 February 2016). "Josefin Nilsson är död" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Elmar's ABBA site" (in Estonian). Elmar Kivaste. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  4. ^ Amster, Harry/TT (29 February 2016). "Josefin Nilsson i Ainbusk är död". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 February 2016.

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