Good research, you worked hard for your money! I can recommend the beautiful documentary about her mother that came out last year, where she features prominently along with her half-Swedish half-siblings!
Here's a nice little trick question I'm very proud of: Did you know that ABBA's Eurovision entry once lost out to Malta's? Do you know which year this occurred?
It was 1973. In the Swedish semifinal ABBA, then known only by their christian names, came 3rd with Ring Ring. The jury picked another Swedish group called Malta. Sweden came 5th that year. Ring Ring was a much better song and would have done better in the final.
Good work! Blancmange, Westlife and Sweet Dreams were what I was thinking about! Although technically, Honey Honey was not to difficult to top, since it wasn't released as a single in the UK, for reasons God and Epic records will never reveal.
I Have A Dream: Westlife Nr 1, ABBA Nr 2 The Day Before You Came: Blancmange 22, ABBA 32 Honey Honey: Sweet Dreams 10, ABBA -
Anni-Frid Lyngstad is a fan of the British rock band Queen (and went to their concert) – it's not a surprise, but she's got a very slick taste in music. She also has owned a Maserati luxury car ('haar Maserati', English: 'her Maserati"), as opposed to Björn Ulvaeus's BMW.
Hitkrant (Dutch), 1979
Note: the Maserati Merak's production started in 1972, and ended in 1983, which coincide ABBA's timeline.
Not to stir controversy (well, at least, some of you may have already known it, so...), but Agnetha Fältskog was a struggling (she tried quitting, but, eventually, on the rise of the divorce, she even resorted to even more.. until she had an epiphany) smoker during ABBA's career...