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Abba replaced by Loreen at Stockholm airport

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Abba replaced by Loreen at Stockholm airport
15:55 CEST+02:00
Loreen, the winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, will soon have her portrait hung in Stockholm's Arlanda airport to fill a gap left when a picture of Abba was taken down after Benny Andersson demanded it be removed.

The face of Loreen, Sweden's latest Eurovision champion, is in the news again.

This time, however, it's in the form of her very own portrait, which is set to replace a picture of Swedish super group and former Eurovision Song Contest winners Abba that had previously hung in Stockholm's main airport.

“It is a fantastic honour, and it feels incredible to be part of the Stockholm Hall of Fame along with these other Swedish figures,” Loreen said in a statement.

The picture of Abba that had been included in Arlanda's "Hall of Fame" was removed earlier this year after Andersson protested against controversial renovations of the Slussen interchange in central Stockholm.

Andersson hoped to use his portrait as leverage to block the planned renovations, and when plans proceeded, the singer held true to his word.

“I have no desire to be a billboard for a city that makes unreasonable decisions like this,” said Andersson to Dagens Nyheter (DN) at the time.

“I am not available for use anymore."

Loreen's portrait will hang alongside the portraits of other Swedish icons, past and present, including film director Ingmar Bergman and King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The portraits have their home in Stockholm's two international terminals, and Loreen's will be placed in Terminal 5.

Over 19 million people land in Stockholm's Arlanda Airport every year, according to Swedavia, guaranteeing even more exposure for the Swedish pop-star.

Erik Bloom

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