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Birth Place: Upplands Väsby, Sweden
Years Active: 1979–1992, 1999 (partial reunion), 2003–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal

Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum and drummer Tony Reno. Although widely associated with glam metal, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal and hard rock elements.

After changing its name to Europe and winning a national talent contest in 1982, the band signed with the independent label Hot Records and released its debut album “Europe” in 1983 and “Wings of Tomorrow” in 1984.

Europe subsequently signed with Epic Records in 1985 and released its third album, “The Final Countdown” in 1986. The album became a substantial commercial success, selling over three million copies in the United States and reaching #8 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The title track is the band's most recognizable and popular song, reaching #1 in 25 countries, including the United Kingdom. In the U.S. the song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and #18 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The band released two more albums, “Out of This World” which reached #18 on the Billboard 200 in 1988 and “Prisoners in Paradise” in 1991, before going on hiatus in 1992.

After a one-off performance in Stockholm on New Year's Eve 1999, Europe reunited in 2003 and released “Start from the Dark,” which peaked at #2 on the Swedish Albums chart in 2004.

Their next album, “Secret Society,” was released in 2006. Their eighth studio album, “Last Look at Eden,” was released in 2009, and was the first Europe album to enter at #1 on the Swedish Albums chart since, “Out of This World,” in 1988.