Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||Sveriges Television (SVT)|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||58 (57 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015|
|SVT official homepage|
|Sweden's page at Eurovision.tv|
For the most recent participation see|
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 58 times since making its debut in 1958, missing only three contests since then (1964, 1970 and 1976). Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through an annual televised competition, known since 1967 as Melodifestivalen. At the 1997 contest, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting. Sweden is the only country to have hosted the event in five different decades, three times in Stockholm (1975, 2000, 2016), twice in Malmö (1992, 2013) and once in Gothenburg (1985).
Sweden is one of the most successful competing nations at the Eurovision Song Contest, with a total of six victories, second only to Ireland's seven wins, and has the most top five results of the 21st century, with ten. In total, Sweden has achieved 24 top five results in the contest. After finishing second with Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson in 1966, Sweden went on to achieve its six victories with ABBA (1974), Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilsson (1999), Loreen (2012) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).
- 1 Contest history
- 2 Melodifestivalen
- 3 Contestants
- 4 Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest
- 5 Voting history
- 6 Hostings
- 7 Marcel Bezençon Awards
- 8 Winners by OGAE members
- 9 Commentators and spokespersons
- 10 Conductors
- 11 Photogallery
- 12 Songwriting for other countries
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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 and become one of the best-selling pop groups of all time. In the 1980s, Sweden achieved three successive top three results. After Carola finished third in 1983, the Herreys gave Sweden its second victory in 1984 with "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley". Kikki Danielsson then finished third in 1985. Carola returned to the contest in 1991, to give the Swedes their third win with "Fångad av en stormvind", defeating France in a tie-break. Charlotte Nilsson gave the country a second win of the decade in 1999, with "Take Me to Your Heaven". The 1990s also saw two third-place results, for Jan Johansen in 1995 and One More Time in 1996. In the 2000s, the best Swedish result was fifth place, which they achieved four times, with Friends in 2001, Fame in 2003, Lena Philipsson in 2004 and Carola, who in 2006, became the only Swedish performer to achieve three top five results. Together with Croatia and Malta, Sweden was one of only three countries never to have been relegated under the pre 2004 rules of the contest.
In 2010, Anna Bergendahl became the first Swedish entrant to fail to make it to the final, finishing 11th in the semifinal, only five points from qualification (in 2008, Charlotte Perrelli finished 12th in the semifinal but qualified through the back-up jury selection). Since then, the country has been very successful, finishing in the top five in six of the last seven contests, including victories for Loreen, who gave Sweden its fifth victory in 2012 with the song "Euphoria", making Sweden one of only two countries (along with the United Kingdom) to have Eurovision victories in four different decades, and winning for the sixth time with Måns Zelmerlöw's "Heroes" in 2015. Sweden is one of only two countries - along with Ukraine in 2004 and 2016 with Ruslana and Jamala respectively - to win twice since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, performing the feat in both 2012 and 2015 with 372 and 365 points respectively, making Sweden additionally the first country to have scored 300 points or more twice. They also finished third in 2011 with Eric Saade and "Popular", third in 2014 with Sanna Nielsen and "Undo", fifth with Frans and the song "If I Were Sorry" in 2016, and fifth with Robin Bengtsson and "I Can't Go On" in 2017.
Melodifestivalen is an annual music competition organised by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR). It has chosen the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest since 1959. It is 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 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.
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- 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.
Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest
In 2005 to celebrate 50 years of the Eurovision Song Contest, Denmark hosted a special one-off contest on behalf of the EBU to find Europe's favourite Eurovision song of the first 50 years. Tipped as the favourite from the start, ABBA won the contest by a landslide with "Waterloo" coming first in the semi-final with a record 331 points and then going on to win the contest with 329 points in the final. Alongside other Eurovision stars, Carola Häggkvist and Elisabeth Andreassen helped introduce and present small parts of the show.
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|Year||Artist||Language||Title||Final||Points||Semi||Points||Final (1974)||Points (1974)|
As of 2018, Sweden's voting history is as follows:
|1975||Stockholm||Stockholm International Fairs||Karin Falck|
|1992||Malmö||Malmö Isstadion||Lydia Cappolicchio and Harald Treutiger|
|2000||Stockholm||Ericsson Globe||Kattis Ahlström and Anders Lundin|
|2013||Malmö||Malmö Arena||Petra Mede|
|2016||Stockholm||Ericsson Globe||Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw|
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. From 2009 to 2018 (except 2013 and 2016), Edward af Sillén provided the SVT commentary alongside various dual commentators.
|Year(s)||Television commentator||Dual television commentator||Radio commentator||Spokesperson|
|1957||Nils Linnman||N/A||No radio broadcast||Sweden did not participate|
|1958||Jan Gabrielsson||Same as television broadcast||Tage Danielsson|
|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 & Janeric Sundquist||Agneta Bolme-Börjefors|
|1990||Jan Jingryd||Kersti Adams-Ray||Jan Ellerås|
|1991||Harald Treutiger||Kalle Oldby & Runne Hallberg||Bo Hagström|
|1992||Björn Kjellman||Jesper Aspegren||Kalle Oldby & Lotta Engberg||Jan Jingryd|
|1993||Jan Jingryd||Kåge Gimtell||Susan Seidemar & Claes-Johan Larsson||Gösta Hanson|
|1994||Pekka Heino||N/A||Claes-Johan Larsson & Lisa Syrén||Marianne Anderberg|
|1995||Pernilla Månsson||Kåge Gimtell||Björn Hedman|
|1996||Björn Kjellman||N/A||Ulla Rundqvist|
|1997||Jan Jingryd||Gösta Hanson|
|1998||Pernilla Månsson||Christer Björkman||Claes-Johan Larsson & Anna Hötzel||Björn Hedman|
|1999||Pekka Heino||Anders Berglund||Carolina Norén||Pontus Gårdinger|
|2000||Pernilla Månsson||Christer Lundh||Carolina Norén & Björn Kjellman||Malin Ekander|
|2001||Henrik Olsson||N/A||Josefine Sundström|
|2002||Claes Åkesson||Christer Björkman||Kristin Kaspersen|
|2003||Pekka Heino||N/A||Kattis Ahlström|
|2007||Kristian Luuk||Josef Sterzenbach||André Pops|
|2009||Edward af Sillén||Shirley Clamp||Sarah Dawn Finer|
|2010||Christine Meltzer||Eric Saade|
|2011||Hélène Benno||Danny Saucedo|
|2012||Gina Dirawi||Sarah Dawn Finer (as Lynda Woodruff)|
|2014||Edward af Sillén||Malin Olsson||Carolina Norén & Ronnie Ritterland||Alcazar|
|2015||Sanna Nielsen||Mariette Hansson|
|2016||Lotta Bromé||N/A||Carolina Norén & Björn Kjellman||Gina Dirawi|
|2017||Edward af Sillén||Måns Zelmerlöw||Carolina Norén||Wiktoria Johansson|
|2018||Sanna Nielsen||TBA||Felix Sandman|
All conductors are Swedish except those marked with a flag.
- Dolf van der Linden (1958)
- Franck Pourcel (1959)
- Thore Ehrling (1960)
- William Lind (1961, 1963, 1965)
- Egon Kjerrman (1962)
- Gert-Ove Andersson (1966)
- Mats Olsson (1967–68, 1972) (also musical director in 1975)
- Lars Samuelson (1969, 1975, 1979)
- Claes Rosendahl (1971)
- Monica Dominique (1973 (first female conductor in the contest)
- Sven-Olof Walldoff (1974)
- Anders Berglund (1977, 1980–82, 1986, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1994–96, 1998) (musical director in 1992)
- Bengt Palmers (1978)
- Anders Ekdahl (1983)
- Curt-Eric Holmquist (1984–85, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1997) (musical director in 1985)
Songwriting for other countries
No restriction on the nationality of the songwriter(s) and the artist exists in the Eurovision Song Contest rules, which has resulted in countries being represented by songwriters and artist who are not nationals of that country. In recent years Swedish songwriters have been involved in the writing entirely or partly of entries from several countries apart from Sweden.
In 2010 contest the songs from Belarus, Denmark, Georgia, 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 the 2013 contest the songs from Georgia, Finland, Norway, Russia, Netherlands and Azerbaijan.
- Sweden in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Sweden in the Eurovision Dance Contest – Dance version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Sweden in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21.
- Sweden in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- Sweden in the Turkvision Song Contest – A contest for countries and regions which are of Turkic-speaking or Turkic ethnicity.
- Mirja Bokholm (22 April 2013). "YOHIO presenterar de svenska rösterna i Eurovision Song Contest". SVT.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- "Sanna Nielsen och Edward af Sillén kommenterar Eurovision Song Contest". Melodifestivalen. SVT. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.