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.

2018 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!  A long time ago that was, Connie.  The earliest participants rarely budge much but 2018 sees Sweden overtake the UK and Italy nudge ahead of France.   The Lisbon top three of Israel, Cyprus and Austria all head in the right direction.   Monaco, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina all go upward without doing anything due to the bad results of those around them.

NB  as a minimum of five final appearances are needed for this table Australia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic are conspicuous by their absence.

 

1(1)Ukraine.222
2(3)Russia.296
3(2)Azerbaijan.306
4(5)Sweden.315
5(4)United Kingdom.321
6(6)Ireland.342
7(8)Italy.363
8(7)France.368
9(9)Luxembourg.390
10(11)Israel.414
11(13)Denmark.462
12(15)Monaco.472
13(12)Serbia.475
14(16)Germany.481
15(14)Greece.485
16(10)Armenia.490
17(18)Netherlands.518
18(17)Spain.519
19(19)Norway.541
20(20)Ex-Yugoslavia.544
21(23)Turkey.553
22(24)Bosnia.554
23(22)Switzerland.560
24(21)Romania.568
25(25)Malta.600
26(27)Austria.602
27(26)Croatia.612
28(29)Estonia.618
29(28)Belgium.630
30(32)Moldova.635
31(33)Cyprus.640
32(31)Latvia.668
33(30)Georgia.673
34(34)Iceland.675
35(35)Portugal.681
36(36)Hungary.684
37(37)Finland.724
38(38)Poland.744
39(39)Albania.747
40(40)Slovenia.787
41(41)Lithuania.791
42(42)FYR Macedonia.844
43(43)Belarus .877