The Global Music Export Capital

Sweden is the music export capital of Europe, if not the world, according to a report in Financial Times.

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Thanks for nothing, Sweden.

It says the Nordic country with a population of around 9.5 million produced music exports worth more than $150, the largest per capita output around the globe.

The figures are from Swedish music industry estimates.

The FT piece went on to look at Sweden’s Scandinavian neighbours trying to catch up, citing “the indie bands spilling out of Reykjavik, the various heavy metal merchants from Finland, Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel topping album charts across Europe and Oslo’s answer to ‘Gangnam Style.’” Ylvis’s “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” is a YouTube hit.

UK music fans have their chance to run the rule of the Viking music explosion at London’s Roundhouse Nov. 8-9. The Ja Ja Ja Festival offers two days of Nordic talent headed by Danish acts Mew and The Raveonettes, Husky Rescue (Finland), Einar Stray (Norway), NONONO (Sweden), and Sakaris (Faroe Islands).