Suède 1983

Sweden used a national preselction called Melodifestivalen 1983 to select an entry for the 28th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Winner, being the first participant ever to get maximum points from all of the eleven juries, was the 17-year-old and then unknown Carola Häggkvist, who quickly went on to be one of Sweden’s most popular singers. The song she competed with was called Främling. It was written by Lasse Holm and Monica Forsberg, who had also written the previous winning song together.

The final, held in Munich, attracted an estimate of 5,6 million viewers (about 70% of Sweden’s population back then). Carola was drawn #4 in a field of 20 and was considered a big favourite for the title.

Sweden received 12 points from Norway and Germany, and ended up with 126 points and a 3rd place. It was also Sweden’s 3rd best placement so far.