Farsta is a district in the borough with the same name in southern Stockholm. It is a metro station on the Green line; the distance between the Stockholm City Centre and Farsta is 8 kilometres. The following sports clubs are located in Farsta: FOC Farsta
ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names, they became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, they are the most successful group to have taken part in the competition. Estimates of ABBA's total record sales are around 140 million to 500 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA are the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States, they have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group enjoyed significant success in Latin America, recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.
During the band's active years, it was composed of two couples: Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered which resulted in the collapse of both marriages; the relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics. After ABBA disbanded in January 1983, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA's music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA's catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits collection in September 1992, which became a worldwide bestseller. Several films, notably Muriel's Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, further revived interest in the group and spawned several tribute bands.
In 1999, ABBA's music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. A sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was released in 2018. ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit "Waterloo" was chosen as the best song in the competition's history; the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song "Dancing Queen" was inducted into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. On April 27, 2018, it was announced that the band had recorded two new songs after 35 years of being inactive, named "I Still Have Faith in You" and "Don’t Shut Me Down". On September 18, 2018, in an interview, Andersson said that they are still working on the songs, with a third one written. Benny Andersson became a member of a popular Swedish pop-rock group, the Hep Stars, that performed covers, amongst other things, of international hits.
The Hep Stars were known as "the Swedish Beatles". They set up Hep House, their equivalent of Apple Corps. Andersson played the keyboard and started writing original songs for his band, many of which became major hits, including "No Response" that hit number-three in 1965, "Sunny Girl", "Wedding", "Consolation", all of which hit number-one in 1966. Andersson had a fruitful songwriting collaboration with Lasse Berghagen, with whom he wrote his first Svensktoppen entry, "Sagan om lilla Sofie", in 1968. Björn Ulvaeus began his musical career at 18, when he fronted the Hootenanny Singers, a popular Swedish folk–skiffle group. Ulvaeus started writing English-language songs for his group, had a brief solo career alongside; the Hootenanny Singers and the Hep Stars sometimes crossed paths while touring. In June 1966, Ulvaeus and Andersson decided to write a song together, their first attempt was "Isn't It Easy to Say", a song recorded by the Hep Stars. Stig Anderson was founder of the Polar Music label.
He saw potential in the collaboration, encouraged them to write more. The two began playing with the other's bands on stage and on record, although it was not until 1969 that the pair wrote and produced some of their first real hits together: "Ljuva sextital", recorded by Brita Borg, the Hep Stars' 1969 hit "Speleman". Andersson wrote and submitted the song "Hej, Clown" for Melodifestivalen 1969, the national festival to select the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest; the song re-voting relegated Andersson's song to second place. On that occasion Andersson met his future spouse, singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who participated in the contest. A month the two had become a couple; as their respective bands began to break up during 1969, Andersson and Ulvaeus teamed up and recorded their first album together in 1970, called Lycka, which included original songs sung by both men. Their partners were present in the recording studio, sometimes added backing vocals. Ulvaeus still recorded and performed with the Hootenanny Singers until the middle of 1974, Andersson took part in producing their records.
Agnetha Fältskog sang with a local dance band head
Sven Gottfrid Markelius was one of the most important modernist Swedish architects. Markelius played an important role in the post-war urban planning of Stockholm, for example in the creation of the model suburb of Vällingby. Born in Stockholm in October 1889, he attended the Royal Institute of Technology and the Academy of Arts in Stockholm from 1910 to 1915 working at the offices of Ragnar Östberg and Erik Lallerstedt, he developed an early interest in housing and planning, was one of the founder members of CIAM in 1928, participated in the modernist housing section of the Stockholm International Exhibition, the birth of Swedish Functionalism. In 1931, he co-authored with five other architects the book-length manifesto Acceptera!, direct promotion of modernism as a set of cultural values. And his association with Swedish reformer Alva Myrdal resulted in a design for a 57-unit communal-living Collective House in the center of Stockholm, in 1935; the building offered communal amenities like childcare facilities and shared kitchen and meeting spaces, all at least inspired by the Narkomfin Building in Moscow.
Markelius lived in the Collective House himself for thirty years, serving as an unofficial handyman, to make sure the building still worked, to demonstrate his commitment to the values of social housing. Meanwhile, among his major civic projects, Markelius began work on the Concert Hall in Helsingborg in 1932. In 1952, Markelius was nominated to the board of design consultants for the United Nations Secretariat Building by Sweden. Towards the end of his career the architect turned his attention to city planning. In 1949 Markelius took the Howland Memorial Prize, in 1961 the Prince Eugen Medal. In 1962 Markelius was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects. 1931 - Student Union at the Royal Institute of Technology, with Uno Åhrén 1932 - Helsingborg Concert Hall 1933 - Villa Markelius, his own home in Stockholm 1935 - Stockholm Collective House 1937 - Villa Myrdal 1939 - Swedish pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair 1945 and onward - city planning for the Redevelopment of Norrmalm, Stockholm 1952 - United Nations Economic and Social Council interior, at the United Nations Secretariat Building, a gift to the United Nations from Sweden 1953 - original city plan for Vällingby 1961-1966 - Sverigehuset Sweden House at Kungsträdgården 1962 - one of the five glass Hötorget buildings, Stockholm Hayden, Dolores Redesigning the American Dream: the future of housing and family life.
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Göran Bror Benny Andersson is a Swedish musician, member of the Swedish music group ABBA, co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, Mamma Mia!. For the 2008 film version of Mamma Mia! and its 2018 sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, he worked as an executive producer. Since 2001, he has been active with his own band Benny Anderssons orkester. Göran Bror Benny Andersson was born in the Vasastan district of Stockholm, to civil engineer Gösta Andersson and his wife Laila, his sister Eva-Lis Andersson followed in 1948. Andersson's musical background comes from his grandfather, his father Gösta and grandfather Efraim taught him Swedish folk music, traditional music, schlager. Benny recalls the first records he bought were "Du Bist Musik" by Italian schlager singer Caterina Valente and Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock", he was impressed by the flip side "Treat Me Nice" as this featured a piano. This variety of different kinds of music was to follow him through the years; when Andersson was ten he got his own piano, taught himself to play.
He began to perform at youth clubs. This is when he met his first girlfriend Christina Grönvall, with whom he had two children: Peter and Heléne. In early 1964, Benny and Christina joined "Elverkets Spelmanslag", the name was a punning reference to their electric instruments; the repertoire was instrumentals, one of his numbers was "Baby Elephant Walk", he wrote his first songs. In October 1964 he joined the Hep Stars as keyboardist and they made a breakthrough in March 1965 with their hit "Cadillac" becoming the most celebrated of the Swedish 1960s pop bands. Andersson consolidated his place as the band's keyboardist and musical driving force as well as a teen idol; the band performed covers of international hits, but Andersson soon started writing his own material, gave the band the classic hits "No Response", "Sunny Girl", "Wedding", "Consolation", "It's Nice To Be Back" and "She Will Love You" amongst others. Andersson met Björn Ulvaeus in June 1966, the two started writing songs together, their first being "Isn't It Easy To Say" recorded by the Hep Stars.
He had a fruitful songwriting collaboration with Lasse Berghagen, with whom he wrote several songs and submitted "Hej, Clown" for the 1969 Melodifestivalen – the Swedish Eurovision Song Festival finals. The song finished in second place. During this contest he met vocalist Anni-Frid Lyngstad, they soon became a couple. Around the same time his songwriting companion Ulvaeus met vocalist Agnetha Fältskog; the personal relationships and Andersson and Ulvaeus' songwriting collaboration has led quite to the close co-operation which the four friends had during the following years. Benny and Björn scored their first hits as songwriters in the spring of 1969: "Ljuva sextital" and "Speleman"; as the two couples began supporting each other during recording sessions, the sound of the girls' voices convinced the songwriters to model their'group' on various MOR acts such as Blue Mink, Middle of the Road and Sweet. Thus, ABBA came to life; the group's breakthrough came with winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with "Waterloo" on 6 April 1974.
During the next eight years, Andersson wrote music for and produced eight studio albums with ABBA. The group scored a chain of No. 1 hits. After ABBA, Andersson continued writing music with Ulvaeus, their first project was the stage musical Chess, written with Tim Rice. The Chess concept album – with vocals by Elaine Paige, Barbara Dickson, Murray Head and Swedes Tommy Körberg and Björn Skifs – was released in October 1984, selling two million copies worldwide; the Paige/Dickson duet "I Know Him So Well" became a major UK No. 1 hit, Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok" gave Andersson/Ulvaeus a US No. 3 hit. Chess was staged in London's West End Prince Edward Theatre in May 1986 and received mixed to positive reviews, running for about three years. A revised staging on Broadway in April 1988 received poor reviews. In 1985, Andersson produced and released an album with brother and sister Anders and Karin Glenmark, featuring new songs by Andersson/Ulvaeus; the duo named themselves Gemini, a second album with more music by Björn and Benny was released in April 1987, containing the big hit "Mio My Mio".
In 1987, Andersson released his first solo album Klinga Mina Klockor. All the music was written by and performed by himself on accordion, backed by the Orsa Spelmän on fiddles. A second solo album followed: November 1989. In 1990, Andersson scored a Swedish No. 1 hit with "Lassie", sung by female cabaret group Ainbusk, for whom he wrote the Svensktoppen hits "Älska Mig" and "Drömmarnas Golv". He decided to produce an album with Josefin Nilsson from this quartet, resulting in the 1993 English-language album Shapes, featuring ten new Andersson/Ulvaeus compositions. In 1992, he wrote the introduction melody for the European football championship, organised by Sweden that year. From the late 1980s, Andersson had worked on an idea for an epic Swedish language musical based on his affection for traditional folk music, in October 1995, Kristina från Duvemåla premiered in Sweden; the musical was based on The Emigrants novels by Swedish writer Vilhelm
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
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Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
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Tensta is a district in Spånga-Tensta borough, Sweden. There are about 6,000 apartments in Tensta and a population of 17,083 as of December 31, 2007. Modern Tensta, with its Plattenbau-style concrete apartment buildings, was constructed in the 1960s. Like nearby Rinkeby and Hjulsta, it was part of the Million Programme, became known nationwide in the late 1960s; this was because lots of people moved in when the area was still a construction site, it took years before the metro station opened. In the center of Tensta there is a small fruit market; the art gallery Tensta Konsthall is situated close to the centre and has gained a name in Sweden and abroad. The government has decided to award to 200 million kronor in performance based subsidies to boost fifteen of Sweden’s suburbs grappling with social exclusion. Tensta is one of the suburbs; the districts will receive the cash injection at the end of 2013 at the earliest, after the results from the past year have been evaluated. The subsidy -, performance based - will be awarded for three criteria: how the areas deal with education and social benefits.
In the 2011-13 period, about 53% of the population originated outside the EU and the Nordic Countries. In its December 2015 report, Police in Sweden placed the district in the most severe category of urban areas with high crime rates; when the farm of Stora Tensta was demolished in the 1960s, it had stood on the same site for more than a thousand years. Tensta is situated on the Järva field, used as a military training ground from 1907; the area was closed to the public. Several farms continued growing crops and raising livestock throughout the time the army exercised here, but the farmers were not allowed to cultivate virgin soil or erect new building. In 1962 the government decided that the whole training ground should be made available for civil buildings; the aim was to build enough homes to eliminate the housing shortage. People living in cramped city flats without modern conveniences, all the people moving to Stockholm, would acquire spacious and comfortable homes; the construction of Tensta went fast.
The general plan was approved in 1965. People began to move in two years and Tensta Centre was opened in 1970; the first inhabitants families with young children, lived for many years as pioneers on a building site with provisional bus lines, temporary food stores in huts, unfinished paths, inadequate social service. The Metro came to Tensta in 1975; the lime-lined avenue of Tenstagången leads straight through the district