Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

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).

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
For the most recent participation see
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

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

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 Artist Language Title[1] 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 Family Four 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[lower-alpha 1]
2005 Martin Stenmarck English "Las Vegas" 19 30 Top 12 Previous Year[lower-alpha 1]
2006 Carola English "Invincible" 5 170 4 214
2007 The Ark English "The Worrying Kind" 18 51 Top 10 Previous Year[lower-alpha 1]
2008 Charlotte Perrelli English "Hero" 18 47 12[lower-alpha 2] 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[lower-alpha 3]
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[lower-alpha 3]
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

Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest

Artist Language Title At Congratulations At Eurovision
Final Points Semi Points Year Final Points
ABBA English "Waterloo" 1 329 1 331 1974 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

Year Category Performer Song Composer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
Points Host city Ref.
2002 Artistic Award[lower-alpha 4] Afro-dite "Never Let It Go" Marcos Ubeda (m & l) 8 72 Tallinn
2006 Artistic Award[lower-alpha 4] Carola "Invincible" Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Carola 5 170 Athens
2012 Artistic Award[lower-alpha 5] Loreen "Euphoria" Thomas G:son (m & l), Peter Boström (m & l) 1 372 Baku
Composer Award
2013 Composer Award Robin Stjernberg "You" Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas 14 62 Malmö
2015 Artistic Award[lower-alpha 5] Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb 1 365 Vienna

Winners by OGAE members

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

Heads of delegation

Year Head of delegation Ref.
2013 Rennie Mirro
2015 Christer Björkman
2016 Mari Ryberger
2018 Christer Björkman

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. 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 Spokesperson background Ref.
1957 Nils LinnmanNo radio broadcastDid not participateDid not present visually
1958 Jan GabrielssonSame as television broadcastTage Danielsson
1959 Roland Eiworth
1960 Tage Danielsson
1961 Roland Eiworth
1962 Tage Danielsson
1963 Jörgen CederbergEdvard Matz
1964 Sven LindahlDid not participate
1965 Berndt FribergEdvard Matz
1966 Sven Lindahl
1967 Christina Hansegård
1970 No television broadcastNo radio broadcastDid not participate
1971 Åke StrömmerUrsula RichterNo spokesperson
1972 Bo BillténBjörn Bjelfvenstam
1973 Alicia LundbergUrsula Richter
1974 Johan SandströmSven Lindahl
1975 Åke Strömmer
1976 No television broadcastDid not participate
1977 Ulf ElfvingÅke Strömmer & Ursula RichterSven Lindahl
1978 Kent Finell
1980 Arne Weise
1981 No radio broadcastBengteric Nordell
1982 Kent FinellArne Weise
1983 Agneta Bolme-Börjefors
1984 Fredrik BelfrageNo radio broadcast
1985 Jan Ellerås & Rune Hallberg
1986 Ulf ElfvingJacob Dahlin
1987 Fredrik BelfrageJan Ellerås
1988 Bengt GrafströmKalle OldbyMaud Uppling
1989 Jacob DahlinKent Finell & Janeric SundquistAgneta Bolme-Börjefors
1990 Jan JingrydKersti Adams-RayJan Ellerås
1991 Harald TreutigerKalle Oldby & Runne HallbergBo Hagström
1992 Björn Kjellman, Jesper AspegrenKalle Oldby & Lotta EngbergJan Jingryd
1993 Jan Jingryd, Kåge GimtellSusan Seidemar & Claes-Johan LarssonGösta Hanson
1994 Pekka HeinoClaes-Johan Larsson & Lisa SyrénMarianne AnderbergSVT Studios, Stockholm
1995 Pernilla Månsson, Kåge GimtellBjörn HedmanSVT Studios, Malmö
1996 Björn KjellmanUlla RundqvistStockholm Skyline
1997 Jan JingrydGösta HansonGötaplatsen, Gothenburg
1998 Pernilla Månsson, Christer BjörkmanClaes-Johan Larsson & Anna HötzelBjörn HedmanMalmö Skyline
1999 Pekka Heino, Anders BerglundCarolina NorénPontus GårdingerStockholm City Hall, Stockholm
2000 Pernilla Månsson, Christer LundhCarolina Norén & Björn KjellmanMalin EkanderGötaplatsen, Gothenburg
2001 Henrik OlssonJosefine SundströmÖresund Bridge, Malmö
2002 Claes Åkesson, Christer BjörkmanKristin KaspersenSergels Torg, Stockholm
2003 Pekka HeinoKattis AhlströmStockholm Skyline
2004 Jovan Radomir
2005 Annika Jankell
2006 Jovan Radomir
2007 Kristian Luuk, Josef SterzenbachAndré PopsStockholm City Hall, Stockholm
2008 Björn Gustafsson
2009 Edward af Sillén, Shirley ClampSarah Dawn FinerStockholm Skyline
2010 Edward af Sillén, Christine MeltzerEric SaadeStockholm City Hall, Stockholm
2011 Edward af Sillén, Hélène BennoDanny Saucedo
2012 Edward af Sillén, Gina DirawiSarah Dawn Finer (as Lynda Woodruff)Stockholm Skyline
2013 Josefine SundströmYohio
2014 Edward af Sillén, Malin OlssonCarolina Norén & Ronnie RitterlandAlcazar
2015 Edward af Sillén, Sanna NielsenMariette HanssonStockholm Palace, Stockholm
2016 Lotta BroméCarolina Norén & Björn KjellmanGina DirawiTele2 Arena, Stockholm
2017 Edward af Sillén, Måns ZelmerlöwCarolina NorénWiktoria JohanssonStockholm Palace, Stockholm
2018 Edward af Sillén, Sanna NielsenTBAFelix Sandman
2019 Edward af Sillén, Charlotte PerrelliTBAEric Saade


All conductors are Swedish except those marked with a flag.[13]


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.

See also


  1. 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. Qualified through the back-up jury selection.
  3. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
  4. Voted by previous winners.
  5. Voted by commentators.


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