A poster of Loreen, this year’s Eurovision winner from Sweden, will replace one of ABBA at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport welcoming visitors to Sweden’s capital.
The ABBA poster was removed at the insistence of Benny Andersson after Stockholm’s City Council approved a planning request that he disagreed with. He commented: “I do not want to be an advertisement for a city that can’t see reason.”
He rallied friends and supporters ahead of a vote by the city council in order to help try and ensure redevelopment plans for the Slussen area of Stockholm were overturned. The opposition movement supported by Benny was defeated by 51 votes to 48 in December 2011.
Loreen romped to victory in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. The winning song Euphoria has gone on to be a sizeable hit in much of Europe.
According to Swedavia’s Communications Manager Jan Lindqvist, internet searches on trips to Sweden increased by 50 percent after the country won the song contest.
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