Country Of The Month: Sweden Part-1!

Photo By: Anders Hanser Publishing

Introduction

We continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Sweden. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you the most memorable Swedish entries.

ABBA – Waterloo

In 1974, Sweden selected ABBA and their song “Waterloo” to sent in Brighton. The song was composed by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. ABBA won the contest with 24 points, giving Sweden its first victory.

ABBA

ABBA is a Swedish four member band that was formed in 1972. The members of the band are: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. In the 10 years that the artists were originally active (1972-1982), they became a global phenomenon. Their career was boosted after winning Eurovision in 1974, giving Sweden its first victory and the world a song to love… “Waterloo”. With more than 150 million records sold, ABBA is one of the most selling artists of all time. Their new album, Voyage, is their 8th and its their first since 1981.

Sweden in the Eurovision 🇸🇪

Sweden debuted at the contest in 1958 with the song “Lilla stjärna” by Alice Babs. Her entry finished 4th with 10 points.

From 1958 until today Sweden has participated in a total of sixty times, missing the contest three times – 1964, 1970, 1976. From the 60 contest, the country has missed the finals only one time, in 2010. Its entry “This Is My Life” by Anna Bergendahl finished 11th and missing the qualification for just 5 points. The country has won six times in 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012 and 2015.

Sweden has achieved the Top-10 forty-one times, six times the 1st, one time the 2nd place and six times the 3rd. It has also placed one time 6th, two times in 4th and 9th place, four times 7th and 8th, five times 10th and ten times in the 5th place. Its worst result in the final is the last place, two times, one of which with no points at all (1963), whilst in the semis, it has finished 11th with 62 points in 2010.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think it is one of the most memorable entries from Sweden? Let us know in the comments below!

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