ABBA, Europe, Roxette, Ace of Base, The Cardigans, Eagle Eye and Neneh Cherry, Robyn, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Icona Pop o Zara Larsson, are a few of the most popular Swedish artists worldwide. And also producers like Max Martin, Denniz Pop (1963-1998) or Andreas Carlsson , who have written some of the pop greatest hits of the last 20 years as "Everybody" (BackStreet Boys), "...Baby One More Time" (Britney Spears), "I kissed a girl" (Katy Perry), "It's my life" (Bon Jovi), "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Taylor Swift), "Can't stop the feeling" (Justin Timberlake), "Bang Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj), and so on. Even digital music services like Spotify or SoundCloud are also from Sweden.
So despite the illegal downloads and the crisis of the music business, Swedish music industry is stronger than ever and the country is the third-largest music exporter in the world behind the U.S. and the UK.
Isn't it exceptional that a small country like Sweden, with a population of less than 10 million inhabitants, has contributed to the world with such amount of talent? Government investment in public music schools, their excellent English skills, the tradition of professional and amateur choir singing or even their cold climate in winter could be some of the reasons that make Sweden such a "musical" country.
Watch now The Swedish music miracle, a documentary shot in Stockholm by César Vallejo and Irene Mahía where they analyze the keys success factors of the Swedish music industry.