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Främling (song)

Sweden "Främling"
Eurovision Song Contest 1983 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Anders Ekdahl
Finals performance
Final result
3rd
Final points
126
Appearance chronology
◄ "Dag efter dag" (1982)   
"Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" (1984) ►

"Främling" ("Stranger"), written by Lasse Holm and Monica Forsberg and arranged by Lennart Sjöholm, was the song performed by the 16-year-old Carola Häggkvist which won the Swedish Melodifestivalen 1983.

At the Eurovision Song Contest 1983 in Munich in the former West Germany the song finished third. It was performed fourth on the night, after the United Kingdom's song "I'm Never Giving Up" by Sweet Dreams, and before Italy's entry "Per Lucia" by Riccardo Fogli.

Främling as best reached a 5th place at the Swedish singles charts.

Trivia

Cover versions

  • The Swedish heavy metal group Black Ingvars covered "Främling" on their 1998 album Schlager Metal.
  • Finnish singer Meiju Suvas covered the song in Finnish, called "Muukalainen" (like Främling, also translates as "stranger").
  • The Norwegian free-jazz band Farmers Market has covered "Främling" on several concerts, and on their 2008 album "Surfin' USSR". Farmers Market often use unusual time signatures, and their version of Främling switch between 11/16, 15/16, 7/16 and 13/16. The live version usually also has four bars of 2/4.
Preceded by
Dag efter dag by Chips
Melodifestivalen winners
1983
Succeeded by
Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley by Herreys

Chart positions

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Norway 1[1]
Sweden 5[2]

References

  1. ^ "Främling". Norwegiancharts. 1983. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  2. ^ "Främling". Swedishcharts. 1983. Retrieved 15 October 2008.