All Time Country Rankings

This is an attempt to rank a country’s performance in Eurovision based upon every single result, not just wins, since 1956. For each country, every placing received is divided by the number of entrants that year to give an absolute score.  e.g.  fifth place in a field of twenty is 0.250,   eighteenth in a field of twenty-four is 0.750, and so on.

The total score  is then divided by the number of times they have competed.  Finishing 6/12 counts for the same as finishing 12/24 and countries who have only competed rarely can thus be compared with evergreens. In the era of semi-finals a DNQ is given the same points as finishing last in the final, thats 0.999.   A contest win means not just “nul points” in this calculation but a minus 1.000 before the average is calculated.   In order to qualify for the table a country must have participated in at least five finals.

2019 Update

First of all, given the nature of averages, those countries with the fewest appearances are as ever more prone to shifts in their ranking.  After the 2005 contest Latvia topped this table!  And likewise a great result like a win (Netherlands) or a last place (UK) has a minor impact for countries who’ve been competing for more than six decades.

  • Ukraine’s absence from Tel Aviv protects their awesome average and Russia, Azerbaijan and Sweden’s solid results maintained their place.
  • After their fifth final Australia qualify for these rankings jumping in at #6. This effectively meant that all countries below slipped a place by default.
  • Italy’s 2019 result sees them edging right up behind Ireland.
  • Despite North Macedonia’s easily best result ever in Tel Aviv their horrendous previous average still keeps them anchored second to bottom.
  • NB  as a minimum of five final appearances are needed for this table Bulgaria, Czech Republic and San Marino are conspicuous by their absence.

 

1(1)Ukraine.222
2(2)Russia.289
3(3)Azerbaijan.306
4(4)Sweden.313
5(5)United Kingdom.332
6(-)Australia.345
7(6)Ireland.354
8(7)Italy.357
9(8)France.372
10(9)Luxembourg.390
11(10)Israel.425
12(11)Denmark.462
13(12)Monaco.472
14(14)Germany.488
15(15)Greece.49263
16(17)Netherlands.49270
17(13) Serbia.49275
18(18)Spain.525
19(16)Armenia.529
20(19)Norway.535
21(20)Ex-Yugoslavia.544
22(23)Switzerland.552
23(21)Turkey.553
24(22)Bosnia.554
25(24)Romania.587
26(25)Malta.598
27(26)Austria.602
28(28)Estonia.624
29(27)Croatia.627
30(29)Belgium.636
31(31)Cyprus.637
32(30)Moldova.659
33(34)Iceland.666
34(32)Latvia.685
35(35)Portugal.688
36(33)Georgia.700
37(36)Hungary.701
38(37)Finland.729
39(39)Albania.741
40(38)Poland.755
41(40)Slovenia.778
42(41)Lithuania.801
43(42)North Macedonia.815
44(43)Belarus .880