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Carola Maria Häggkvist (born 8 September 1966), better known as simply Carola, is a Swedish singer and occasional songwriter. She has been among Sweden's most popular performers since the early 1980s, and has released albums ranging from pop and disco to hymns and folk music. Her debut album, Främling, sold around one million copies and remains the biggest-selling album in Swedish music history. She has also worked as a songwriter. During her 25-years long career, she has recorded many top-selling albums and singles and is of many referred to as Sweden's most prominent female singer. Some of her biggest hits include Främling from 1983, Tommy Tycker Om Mig from 1984, Fångad Av En Stormvind from 1991, All The Reasons To Live from 1992, I Believe In Love from 2001, Genom Allt from 2005 and Evighet from 2006.
Häggkvist has represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions: in 1983, finishing third; in 1991, winning the contest outright; and in 2006, finishing fifth. Carola has released records in various languages: Swedish, Dutch, German, English, Norwegian and Japanese.