8 September – I can smell the scent from a quiet ocean

We know you like our birthday feature. Well this is one you won’t want to miss. Sweden is – in some eyes – the pinnacle of Eurovision-ness. So when a Swedish birthday comes along, we’re going to celebrate it.

Today’s birthday girl is the one and only Carola Maria Häggkvist. Unless you’re Nordic, this might be a mouthful, so she’s one of those mononymous types. Just think Madonna but Stockholm-ier instead. Anyway, she’s in that elite group of people who have been a named performer three times. And another elite group of people that have won. Just picture that Venn diagram. Anyway, this video is her second foray onto the big stage, when she was outdid her earlier appearance. She was the last winner in the country we’re heading to next year. Watch and enjoy.

Carola is 55 today.

Grattis på födelsedagen, Carola!