Which country’s name is hidden in the lines below?

75  Wathd,tsshtf    
74  M,m,aWNds    
77  Tcfffa,nIuts    
76  O,ycd,ycj    
80  Yh,ys,ys    
73  Edinmohwtto    
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    $\begingroup$ Just to say, I really liked this puzzle! As soon as I realised what was going on (76 was my aha moment) I had to stop midway through brushing my teeth and pick up a laptop to put it all down! A proper buzz - thank you :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 5 '20 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ PS Think there's one tiny typo in the last line (the 'n' should be a 't') $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 5 '20 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv Nice job solving this one! I was worried it would be too difficult. Thanks for the kudos, and good catch on the tiny typo (I'll leave it there for posterity). $\endgroup$
    – FlanMan
    Aug 5 '20 at 15:31

The answer is:


Because each line represents:

The first letters of words (plus the punctuation) in the opening line of a song by Swedish pop superstars, ABBA. The number is the year the song was released.

75 Wathd,tsshtf

Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find = SOS (1975)

74 M,m,aWNds

My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender = WATERLOO (1974)

77 Tcfffa,nIuts

They came flying from far away, now I'm under their spell = EAGLE (1977)

76 O,ycd,ycj

Oh, you can dance, you can jive = DANCING QUEEN (1976)

80 Yh,ys,ys

You hate, you scream, you swear = ELAINE (1980)

73 Edinmohwtto

Every day in [the] morning on her way to the office = NINA, PRETTY BALLERINA (1973)

One final step:

Take the initial letters of the song titles, and sure enough they spell SWEDEN!

  • $\begingroup$ Really?! Somebody chose to downvote a correct and perfectly explained answer, with no explanation?! That just seems spiteful... What a waste. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 5 '20 at 16:54

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