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Upplands Väsby, Sweden (1979 – 1992, 2003 – present)

Europe is a Swedish band formed in Upplands Väsby, Sweden in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest and guitarist John Norum. Since its formation, Europe has released eight studio albums, three live albums, three compilations and seven videos.

Europe rose to international fame in the 19 with its third album The Final Countdown, which became a high commercial success and sold over three million copies in the United States. Europe was one of the most successful acts of the 80’s and sold over four million albums in the United States alone and over 10 million albums worldwide. The band has achieved two top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (The Final Countdown and Out of This World) and two top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“The Final Countdown” and “Carrie”). From 1986 to 1992 Europe sold over 20 million records worldwide, making them the 4th most successful act from Sweden in history.

Europe went on hiatus in 1992, reunited temporarily for a one-off performance in Stockholm on New Year’s Eve 1999 and announced an official reunion in 2003. Since then Europe has released four records, Start from the Dark (2004), Secret Society (2006), Last Look at Eden (2009) and Bag of Bones (2012).

Born in 1979 from the music scene in the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden, a young band called ‘Force’ won national acclaim in the early 80’s after emerging victorious in a nation wide talent contest. Their main influences were British bands of the 70’s: UFO, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin.

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