Thyra Dane

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Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974

Which Scandinavian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest do you remember? Bobbysocks? Olsen Brothers? Surely, you remember ABBA?

Denmark and Norway have chosen the winners of this year’s national Eurovision song contests and Sweden will pick theirs next Saturday. I figured I would celebrate this by looking back at all the Scandinavian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974

Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974

The last Scandinavian winner was Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöv with Heroes in 2015

Two years before, in 2013, Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest won with Only Teardrops

Just one year earlier, in 2012, Sweden won with Loreen’s Euphoria

In 2009 Norway won with Alexander Rybak’s Fairytale

Four winners in six years – impressive! But before Alexander Rybak we have to all the way back to 2000 to find another Scandinavian winner.

In 2000 Denmark’s Olsen Brothers won with Fly on the Wings of Love

This was the first time Denmark came at the top of the Eurovision since 1963!

The year before, in 1999, Sweden won the Eurovision with Charlotte Nilsson’s Take me to Your Heaven

In 1995 Norway won with Secret Garden’s Nocturne

In 1991 it was Sweden who won again with Carola’s Fångad av en stormvind

In 1985 we witnessed a historic moment because this was the first time Norway ever won the Eurovision Song Contest.

The winners were Bobbysocks with La det swinge

Just the year before, in 1984, Sweden’s Herreys won with Diggi-loo diggi-ley

Ten years before, in 1974, was the first time Sweden won the Eurovision. This time with ABBA and Waterloo.

There’s only one Scandinavian winner left and that was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1963.

Denmark’s Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann and their Dansevise

Sweden is the winner

You may have noticed that the Scandinavian countries won way more Eurovision Song Contests after we were allowed to sing in English. Apparently our guttural sounds aren’t all that popular in Europe.

You may also have noticed that Sweden really is the big sister of Scandinavia with her 6 wins, only one after the number one Eurovision Song Contest winner, Ireland. Norway and Denmark have both won three times.

Which Scandinavian Eurovision Song Contest winner is your favorite? And which one did you hate? Tell me in the comments!

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