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Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest


Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station Sveriges Television (SVT)
National selection events Melodifestivalen
Appearances 55 (54 finals)
First appearance 1958
Best result 1st: 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015
Worst result Last: 1963, 1977
Nul points: 1963
External links
SVT Official Homepage
Sweden's page at

Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 55 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. Sweden has a total of six victories in the contest, right behind Ireland who have seven wins. Sweden is also the contests most successful country of the 21st century, with two wins from eight top five results. In total, Sweden has achieved 22 top five results in the contest.

Sweden's first entrant in the contest was Alice Babs in 1958, who was placed fourth. This remained the country's best result until 1966, when Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson were second. 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.

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 qualifying (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 three in four of the last five contests. Eric Saade finished third in 2011 with "Popular". Loreen then gave Sweden its fifth victory in 2012, with the song "Euphoria". This victory made Sweden one of only two countries, along with the United Kingdom, to have Eurovision victories in four different decades. In 2014, Sanna Nielsen finished third with "Undo". In 2015, Sweden won for the sixth time with Måns Zelmerlöw's "Heroes". Sweden is the only country to have twice scored over 300 points. Also, Sweden has won a semifinal three times (2011, 2012 and 2015); more than any other country.

Sweden has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest five times and is the only country to have hosted the event in five different decades, three times in Stockholm (1975, 2000, and 2016), twice in Malmö (1992 and 2013) and once in Gothenburg (1985).

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


  • Melodifestivalen 1
  • Contestants 2
  • Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest 3
  • Voting history 4
  • Hostings 5
  • Marcel Bezençon Awards 6
  • Winners by OGAE members 7
  • Commentators and spokespersons 8
  • Photogallery 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


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 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.

No restriction on the nationality of the songwriter exists in the Eurovision Song contest, which has resulted in countries being represented by songwriters 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 - for instance, in the Moldova, Macedonia, Netherlands, Spain and Russia.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
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
1964 Did not participate
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
1970 Did not participate
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
1976 Did not participate
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 " 22 9
1993 Arvingarna Swedish "Eloise" 7 89 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
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 12 54
2009 Malena Ernman French, English "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 Host country
2014 Sanna Nielsen English "Undo" 3 218 2 131
2015 Måns Zelmerlöw English "Heroes" 1 365 1 217
2016 Host country
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.

Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points Final (1974) Points (1974)
1974 ABBA English "Waterloo" 1 329 1 331 1 24

Voting history

As of 2015, Sweden's voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenters
1975 Stockholm Stockholm International Fairs Karin Falck
1985 Gothenburg Scandinavium Lill Lindfors
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 TBD

Marcel Bezençon Awards

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
2015 Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1st 365 Vienna

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

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2008 "Hero" Charlotte Perrelli 18th 47 Belgrade
2012 "Euphoria" Loreen 1st 372 Baku
2014 "Undo" Sanna Nielsen 3rd 218 Copenhagen

Commentators and spokespersons

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 No dual commentator No radio broadcast Sweden did not participate
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 & Janeric Sundquist Agneta Bolme-Börjefors
1990 Jan Jingryd Kalle Oldby Jan Ellerås
1991 Harald Treutiger Bo Hagström
1992 Björn Kjellman Jesper Aspegren Jan Jingryd
1993 Jan Jingryd Kåge Gimtell Kalle Oldby & Hélène Benno 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 Carolina Norén Pontus Gårdinger
2000 Pernilla Månsson Christer Lundh Carolina Norén & Björn Kjellman 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 (as Lynda Woodruff)[1]
2013 Josefine Sundström No dual commentator Yohio
2014 Edward af Sillén[2] Malin Olsson Carolina Norén & Ronnie Ritterland Alcazar
2015 Sanna Nielsen[2] Mariette Hansson


See also


  1. ^ Mirja Bokholm (22 April 2013). "YOHIO presenterar de svenska rösterna i Eurovision Song Contest". (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Sanna Nielsen och Edward af Sillén kommenterar Eurovision Song Contest". Melodifestivalen. SVT. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 

External links

  • 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
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