There are foreign bloggers who write about nothing but Swedish music, and it's a full-time job. In addition to the acts that break through internationally, there are Swedish producers and songwriters behind international stars and Swedish directors behind their music videos.
There are several reasons behind our success, look to the highest number of per capita choirs in the world, the deeply rooted sing-along culture or the festive singing that takes place at Midsummer and Christmas parties.
With ABBA, Sweden pretty much had one band, one identity, at least as far as the world knew. They were beautiful, and a little bit odd. They were Sweden. It is a little bit more confusing now, but also more exciting, with successful performers and bands in almost any genre, from jazz to doom metal.
But perhaps pop and indie lead in popularity. Robyn, Lykke Li, Radio Dept., Peter, Bjorn and John... have we forgotten anyone? Of course we have.
Swedish Music Export Prize
Since 1997, the Government has recognised achievements in the music industry that have put Sweden in the international spotlight during the preceding year, and thus contributed to Swedish exports. This year the Swedish Music Export Prize celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Read more about the Swedish Music Export Prize