Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

This article deals with the history of Sweden as participants in the Euro Vision Song Contest.

Regularity of participation

Sweden took the first part of the third Euro Vision Song Contest in 1958 and regularly since then. The country remained the competition three times so far: 1964 participation was not possible due to an artist strikes. After 1969 four countries had won, renounced Sweden 1970 together with Finland, Norway, Austria and Portugal forward to participating. Also took Sweden in 1976, a year after it was host itself, not in part; as a reason, the musical quality of the event is specified.

Success in competition

Sweden was the Euro Vision Song Contest win five times, in 1974 with ABBA and Waterloo, in 1984 with the Herreys and Diggi - loo, diggi - ley, 1991 Carola and Fångad av en stormvind and 1999 Charlotte Nilsson Take Me to Your Heaven and 2012 with Loreen with Euphoria. But in other years, Sweden has been successful and once reached the second, four times the third, fourth and eight times twice the fifth. On the other hand, Sweden was twice Last (1963 and 1977 ), but otherwise rarely came under the last five. In 2011, Eric Saade finished third, ending a multi-year phase of bad rankings for Sweden. Total age of 33 of the 53 entries, so in about two-thirds, in the front half of the table. Thus, Sweden is one of the most successful participants in the competition.

List of posts

Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.

National preliminary decisions

The first contribution of Sweden was selected internally in all later years took a preliminary decision under the title " Melodifestivalen " instead. Particularly successful is the concept since 2002, when the preliminary round has been extended to four semi-final rounds and a "second chance ", the final was ever since the show with the highest ratings of the year.

  • For more information see main article: Melodifestivalen

Commercial success

Many Swedish contributions were in Sweden a big hit, especially since the introduction of the new decider - concept 2002. Since almost all Swedish contributions reached the first place in the singles charts, 2005, the runner-up title Håll om mig by Nanne Grönvall, which sold even better was as Las Vegas and the biggest selling single of the year. Some contributions were also successful internationally, especially in Scandinavia. The biggest international hit was certainly the first Swedish winner of the title Waterloo ABBA: He reached in many countries topped the charts and was also successful in the United States, where he finished sixth.


1965 Sweden was the first country to completely imagined a post in a language that is not native language, namely English. Until then, no provision had existed with regard to the language, but in the following year all the posts in a national language had to be sung. In the years without language regime, in which the country participated ( 1973-1975 and since 1999), all contributions were presented in English. In this language, many other contributions were received, especially from the 70s.



Active members: Albania | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Belgium | Denmark | Germany | Estonia | Finland | France | Georgia | Greece | Ireland | Iceland | Israel | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Macedonia | Malta | Moldova | Montenegro | Netherlands | Norway | Austria | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | San Marino | Sweden | Switzerland | Slovenia | Spain | Ukraine | Hungary | United Kingdom | Belarus |

Inactive participating countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Croatia | Luxembourg | Morocco | Monaco | Serbia | Slovakia | Czech Republic | Turkey | Cyprus

Former Participating countries: Andorra | Yugoslavia | Serbia and Montenegro

Redeemed participations or futile efforts: Lebanon | Liechtenstein

  • Sweden at the Euro Vision Song Contest