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|Eurovision Song Contest 1968|
|Selection process||Melodifestivalen 1968|
|Selection date(s)||9 March 1968|
|Selected entrant||Claes-Göran Hederström|
|Selected song||"Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig"|
|Selected songwriter(s)||Peter Himmelstrand|
|Final result||5th, 15 points|
|Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest|
In the Eurovision Song Contest 1968, Sweden was represented by Claes-Göran Hederström with the song Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig, made by Peter Himmelstrand. It finished 5th (out of 17) with 15 points, including 6 from Norway, the highest number of votes awarded that year.
Melodifestivalen 1968 was the selection for the 10th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the ninth time that this system of picking a song had been used. 2233 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition. The final was hosted by Magnus Banck and was broadcast on Sveriges Radio TV but was not broadcast on radio.
|1||Svante Thuresson||"Du är en vårvind i April"||Staffan Ehrling, Bo-Göran Edling||2nd||21|
|2||Anna-Lena Löfgren||"Jag vill tro"||Britt Lindeborg||6th||5|
|3||Claes-Göran Hederström||"Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mig"||Peter Himmelstrand||1st||23|
|4||Towa Carson||"Du vet var jag finns"||Peter Himmelstrand||3rd||15|
|5||Svante Thuresson and Östen Warnerbring||"Här kommer pojkar"||Sven Bergcrantz, Östen Warnerbring||5th||13|
|6||Britt Bergström||"Fri hos dej"||Marcus Österdahl, Patrice Hellberg||9th||1|
|7||Gunnar Wiklund||"Jag ser en värld"||Marcus Österdahl, Bengt Sundström||7th||3|
|8||Cecilia Stam||"Låt mej få va' ifred"||Marcus Österdahl, Patrice Hellberg||7th||3|
|9||Lars Lönndahl||"Du och jag och våren"||Thore Skogman||10th||0|
|10||Mona Wessman||"Gå och göm dig, Åke Tråk"||Peter Himmelstrand||3rd||15|
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