is a Swedish hard rock
band that formed in Upplands Väsby, Sweden in 1979 under the name Force
by vocalist Joey Tempest
and guitarist John Norum
. Since its formation, Europe has released eight studio albums, three live albums, three compilations and seven videos. The band rose to international fame in the 80s
with their third album, 'The Final Countdown
', and it continues to be perhaps their best known work. A strong commercial success, that release sold over three million copies in the United States alone.