November 30, 2022

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.

2022 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 (Germany) has a minor impact for countries who’ve been competing for more than six decades.

  • Ukraine’s victory in Turin sees them pull further away at the top.
  • Serbia and Moldova  both rise significantly, partially due to the low number of contests they’ve competed in (see above).
  • NB  as a minimum of five final appearances are needed for this table, Czech Republic and San Marino are conspicuous by their absence.

 

1(1)Ukraine.148
2(2)Russia.292
3(3)Sweden.314
4(4)Italy.325
5(5)United Kingdom.339
6(6)Azerbaijan.366
7(7)Ireland.378
8(8)France.378
9(9)Luxembourg.390
10(10)Israel.431
11(12)Monaco .472
12(11)Australia.475
13(17)Serbia.481
14(13)Denmark.484
15(14)Greece.488
16(16)Netherlands.499
17(15)Germany.504
18(19)Spain.526
19(20)Norway.537
20(21)Ex-Yugoslavia.544
21(18)Armenia.548
22(22)Switzerland.548
23(23)Turkey.553
24(24)Bosnia.554
25(25)Malta.601
26(26)Romania.610
27(27)Austria.624
28(32)Moldova.628
29(30)Estonia.635
30(29)Belgium.640
31(28)Cyprus.647
32(31)Croatia.655
33(33)Iceland.659
34(34)Portugal.678
35(36)Hungary.701
36(35)Latvia.714
37(37)Finland.725
38(38)Georgia.743
39(39)Bulgaria.745
40(41)Poland.754
41(40)Albania.762
42(42)Lithuania.768
43(43)Slovenia.796
44(44)North Macedonia.832
45(45)Belarus .882