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Five Swedish songs that never made Eurovision

As Sweden is gearing up for the fest that is the Melodifestivalen, Swedish living rooms are being prepared for Sweden’s greatest television event invading the country for six weeks every year.

Five Swedish songs that never made Eurovision

Large quantities of snacks are being purchased, sofa cushions are being fluffed and remote controls are being hijacked as families all over the country get ready for the extravaganza that is the Swedish competition.

Every year there is a flurry of excitement as the candidates are presented, with many eager fans choosing their favourites early on in the competition.

The artist finally selected to represent the country in Europe does not always win, but takes their rightful place in (Swedish) Eurovision song contest history.

However, ever since the very first time the competition was shown on TV, many artists and acts that weren’t picked to represent Sweden have come and gone, vanishing into the mists of time as soon as their few minutes in the limelight were over,

At The Local we believe that there are many which deserve to be brought up, dusted off and given a new chance to entertain.

Whether they’re worth remembering or perhaps best forgotten, we think it’s always worth a look into Sweden’s colourful (and sometimes shockingly colourful) melodifestival history books.

So pull up a chair, get yourself comfortable and above all, enjoy the musical tidbits from the competition’s past.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish). 

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