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Swedish government honours LN’s Thomas Johansson

The Swedish government has awarded Thomas Johansson, Live Nation’s chairman of international music and the Nordics, the Music Export Prize.

The prize is awarded to leading figures in the industry who have excelled over the course of their careers, making a long-standing contribution to Swedish music and promoting the country’s music industry worldwide.

The Swedish government created the Music Export Prize in 1997 to recognise contributions made to exports by music industry figures.

Previous recipients of the award include ABBA in 2013, Max Martin in 2014 and Roxette in 2011.

The prize is awarded to leading figures in the industry who have made a long-standing contribution to Swedish music

Johansson has been an important part of the Swedish music industry for years. He founded live entertainment company EMA Telstar in 1969, bringing international acts to Sweden and managing ABBA’s touring, as well as that of many other Swedish acts. EMA Telstar joined Live Nation over ten years ago.

As chairman of Live Nation Sweden, Johansson has delivered concerts, tours and events to over one million Swedes a year.

Johansson has worked with acts including Roxette, The Cardigans, Peter Jöback and Zara Larsson, in addition to his global tours with ABBA.

Live Nation has recently strengthened its foothold in the Nordic market, acquiring Norwegian rock and metal festival Tons of Rock and Finnish hip-hop festival Blockfest.


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