Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||Sveriges Television (SVT)|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||59 (58 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 2020
Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 59 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 11. In total, Sweden has achieved 25 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).
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. Sweden was also the first country to win 3 semifinals.
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 "If I Were Sorry" in 2016, fifth with Robin Bengtsson and "I Can't Go On" in 2017, and fifth with John Lundvik and "Too Late For Love" in 2019.
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.
|Entry selected but did not compete|
Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest
|Artist||Language||Title||At Congratulations||At Eurovision|
|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
lyrics (l) / music (m)
|2002||Artistic Award[e]||Afro-dite||"Never Let It Go"||Marcos Ubeda (m & l)||8||72||Tallinn|
|2006||Artistic Award[e]||Carola||"Invincible"||Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Carola||5||170||Athens|
|2012||Artistic Award[f]||Loreen||"Euphoria"||Thomas G:son (m & l), Peter Boström (m & l)||1||372||Baku|
|2013||Composer Award||Robin Stjernberg||"You"||Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas||14||62||Malmö|
|2015||Artistic Award[f]||Måns Zelmerlöw||"Heroes"||Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb||1||365||Vienna|
Winners by OGAE members
Heads of delegation
|Year||Head of delegation||Ref.|
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||Television commentator||Radio commentator||Spokesperson||Ref.|
|1957||Nils Linnman||No radio broadcast||Did not participate|
|1958||Jan Gabrielsson||Same as television broadcast||Tage Danielsson|
|1963||Jörgen Cederberg||Edvard Matz|
|1964||Sven Lindahl||Did not participate|
|1965||Berndt Friberg||Edvard Matz|
|1970||No television broadcast||No radio broadcast||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||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||Claes-Johan Larsson, Lisa Syrén||Marianne Anderberg|
|1995||Pernilla Månsson, Kåge Gimtell||Björn Hedman|
|1996||Björn Kjellman||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||Josefine Sundström|
|2002||Claes Åkesson, Christer Björkman||Kristin Kaspersen|
|2003||Pekka Heino||Kattis Ahlström|
|2007||Kristian Luuk, Josef Sterzenbach||André Pops|
|2009||Edward af Sillén, Shirley Clamp||Sarah Dawn Finer|
|2010||Edward af Sillén, Christine Meltzer||Eric Saade|
|2011||Edward af Sillén, Hélène Benno||Danny Saucedo|
|2012||Edward af Sillén, Gina Dirawi||Sarah Dawn Finer (as Lynda Woodruff)|
|2014||Edward af Sillén, Malin Olsson||Carolina Norén, Ronnie Ritterland||Alcazar|
|2015||Edward af Sillén, Sanna Nielsen||Mariette Hansson|
|2016||Lotta Bromé||Carolina Norén, Björn Kjellman||Gina Dirawi|
|2017||Edward af Sillén, Måns Zelmerlöw||Carolina Norén||Wiktoria|
|2018||Edward af Sillén, Sanna Nielsen||Unknown||Felix Sandman|
|2019||Edward af Sillén, Charlotte Perrelli||Eric Saade|
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, 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;
- In 2013, the songs from Georgia, Finland, Norway, Russia, Netherlands and Azerbaijan.
- In 2014, the songs from Azerbaijan, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, United Kingdom and Ukraine;
- In 2015, the songs from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Macedonia, Netherlands, Spain and Russia.
- In 2016, the songs from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Georgia, Lithuania, Norway, Malta, Moldova and Russia.
- In 2017, the songs from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Ireland, Serbia and Switzerland.
- In 2018, the songs from Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Malta, and Poland.
- In 2019, the songs from Azerbaijan, Denmark, Malta, Moldova, Cyprus, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom.
- In 2020, the songs from Denmark, France, Germany and Malta
- 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.
- Sweden's voting at the Eurovision Song Contest
- According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
- Qualified through the back-up jury selection.
- If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
- The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Voted by previous winners.
- Voted by commentators.
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