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29 Nov 2006 - ABBA Museum In Sweden

A museum dedicated to the music and career of ABBA is to open in Stockholm, Sweden.

The museum, which will feature interactive exhibits based around the pop band's music, as well as original clothes and instruments, will open in the Swedish capital in 2008.

In a joint statement, the band's four former members, Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Reuss said they were fully behind the venture.

This read: "It's great that someone feels like taking on our musical history and making it accessible."

????After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, ABBA went on to become Sweden's biggest export with such hit songs as "Dancing Queen" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)".

The group has gone on to sell around 370 million records in total.

The idea for the venture was hatched by Swedish entrepreneurs Ewa Wigenheim-Westman and Ulf Westman after visiting Liverpool's Beatles' museum.

Westman said: "This will be quite a tourist attraction - a real international magnet. We're counting on 500,000 visitors annually after opening in 2008."
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