Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member stationSveriges Television (SVT)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances59 (58 finals)
First appearance1958
Best result1st: 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015
Worst resultLast: 1963, 1977
Nul points1963
External links
SVT official homepage
Sweden's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png 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).

Contest history[edit]

Richard and Per Herrey of Herreys (1984), Carola Häggkvist (1991), Måns Zelmerlöw (2015), Loreen (2012) and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA (1974)

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. 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 the song "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.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year[1] 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 "I morgon är en annan dag" 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[a]
2005 Martin Stenmarck English "Las Vegas" 19 30 Top 12 Previous Year[a]
2006 Carola English "Invincible" 5 170 4 214
2007 The Ark English "The Worrying Kind" 18 51 Top 10 Previous Year[a]
2008 Charlotte Perrelli English "Hero" 18 47 12a 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[b]
2014 Sanna Nielsen English "Undo" 3 218 2 131
2015 Måns Zelmerlöw English "Heroes" 1 365 1 217
2016 Frans English "If I Were Sorry" 5 261 Host country[b]
2017 Robin Bengtsson English "I Can't Go On" 5 344 3 227
2018 Benjamin Ingrosso English "Dance You Off" 7 274 2 254
2019 John Lundvik English "Too Late for Love" 5 334 3 238
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[edit]

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 At Eurovision
Final Points
1974 ABBA English "Waterloo" 1 329 1 331 1 24


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 Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw


Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Year Category Performer Song Composer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
Points Host city
2002 Artistic Award[c] Afro-dite "Never Let It Go" 8 72 Estonia Tallinn
2006 Artistic Award[c] Carola "Invincible" Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Carola 5 170 Greece Athens
2012 Artistic Award[d] Loreen "Euphoria" Thomas G:son (m & l), Peter Boström (m & l) 1 372 Azerbaijan Baku
Composer Award
2013 Composer Award Robin Stjernberg "You" Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas 14 62 Sweden Malmö
2015 Artistic Award[d] Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb 1 365 Austria Vienna

Winners by OGAE members[edit]

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

Related involvement[edit]

Heads of delegation[edit]

Year Head of delegation Ref.
2013 Rennie Mirro

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

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 Spokesperson Background
Nils Linnman N/A No radio broadcast Sweden did not participate Spokesperson did not present visually until 1994
Jan Gabrielsson Same as television broadcast Tage Danielsson
Roland Eiworth
Tage Danielsson
Roland Eiworth
Tage Danielsson
Jörgen Cederberg Edvard Matz
Sven Lindahl Sweden did not participate
Berndt Friberg Edvard Matz
Sven Lindahl
Christina Hansegård
No television broadcast Sweden did not participate
Åke Strömmer Ursula Richter No spokesperson
Bo Billtén Björn Bjelfvenstam
Alicia Lundberg Ursula Richter
Johan Sandström Sven Lindahl
Åke Strömmer
No television broadcast Sweden did not participate
Ulf Elfving Åke Strömmer & Ursula Richter Sven Lindahl
Kent Finell
Arne Weise
No radio broadcast Bengteric Nordell
Kent Finell Arne Weise
Agneta Bolme-Börjefors
Fredrik Belfrage No radio broadcast
Jan Ellerås & Rune Hallberg
Ulf Elfving Jacob Dahlin
Fredrik Belfrage Jan Ellerås
Bengt Grafström Kalle Oldby Maud Uppling
Jacob Dahlin Kent Finell & Janeric Sundquist Agneta Bolme-Börjefors
Jan Jingryd Kersti Adams-Ray Jan Ellerås
Harald Treutiger Kalle Oldby & Runne Hallberg Bo Hagström
Björn Kjellman Jesper Aspegren Kalle Oldby & Lotta Engberg Jan Jingryd
Jan Jingryd Kåge Gimtell Susan Seidemar & Claes-Johan Larsson Gösta Hanson
Pekka Heino N/A Claes-Johan Larsson & Lisa Syrén Marianne Anderberg SVT Studios, Stockholm
Pernilla Månsson Kåge Gimtell Björn Hedman SVT Studios, Malmö
Björn Kjellman N/A Ulla Rundqvist Stockholm Skyline
Jan Jingryd Gösta Hanson Götaplatsen, Gothenburg
Pernilla Månsson Christer Björkman Claes-Johan Larsson & Anna Hötzel Björn Hedman Malmö Skyline
Pekka Heino Anders Berglund Carolina Norén Pontus Gårdinger Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm
Pernilla Månsson Christer Lundh Carolina Norén & Björn Kjellman Malin Ekander Götaplatsen, Gothenburg
Henrik Olsson N/A Josefine Sundström Öresund Bridge, Malmö
Claes Åkesson Christer Björkman Kristin Kaspersen Sergels Torg, Stockholm
Pekka Heino N/A Kattis Ahlström Stockholm Skyline
Jovan Radomir
Annika Jankell
Jovan Radomir
Kristian Luuk Josef Sterzenbach André Pops Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm
Björn Gustafsson
Edward af Sillén Shirley Clamp Sarah Dawn Finer Stockholm Skyline
Christine Meltzer Eric Saade Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm
Hélène Benno Danny Saucedo
Gina Dirawi Sarah Dawn Finer (as Lynda Woodruff)[3] Stockholm Skyline
Josefine Sundström N/A Yohio
Edward af Sillén[4] Malin Olsson Carolina Norén & Ronnie Ritterland Alcazar
Sanna Nielsen[4] Mariette Hansson Stockholm Palace, Stockholm
Lotta Bromé N/A Carolina Norén & Björn Kjellman Gina Dirawi Tele2 Arena, Stockholm
Edward af Sillén Måns Zelmerlöw Carolina Norén Wiktoria Johansson Stockholm Palace, Stockholm
Sanna Nielsen TBA Felix Sandman
Charlotte Perrelli [5] TBA Eric Saade


All conductors are Swedish except those marked with a flag.[6]


Songwriting for other countries[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 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.
  2. ^ a b If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
  3. ^ a b Voted by previous winners.
  4. ^ a b Voted by commentators.


  1. ^ "Sweden - Eurovision Song Contest Israel 2019". eurovision.tv.
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (29 April 2019). "Latvia: Ell & Nikki's Creative Director Brought In For Carousel". eurovoix.com. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  3. ^ Mirja Bokholm (22 April 2013). "YOHIO presenterar de svenska rösterna i Eurovision Song Contest". SVT.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Sanna Nielsen och Edward af Sillén kommenterar Eurovision Song Contest". Melodifestivalen. SVT. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Perrelli ny Eurovision-kommentator". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  6. ^ http://andtheconductoris.eu/

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