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.

2017 Update

Relatively little movement this year and those countries with the fewest appearances as ever more prone to shifts in their averages.  Despite lackustre results in Kyiv, Ukraine and Azerbaijan still lead the field.  Sweden close in on the UK and Italy nudge up right behind France.  Blanche vaults Belgium up three places and Sunstroke Project help Moldova up two.  Despite Salvador Sabral’s memorable and decisive victory, Portugals decades of poor results merely mean leapfrogging Hungary.   2017 runners-up Bulgaria don’t yet have enough finalists to qualify for this table.  Belarus do qualify this year and thus relieve FYR Macedonia of the wooden spoon slot.

 

1(1)Ukraine.191
2(2)Azerbaijan.237
3(3)Russia.263
4(4)United Kingdom.311
5(5)Sweden.316
6(6)Ireland.337
7(7)France.366
8(8)Italy.367
9(10)Luxembourg.390
10(11)Armenia.444
11(12)Israel.448
12(9)Serbia.449
13(13)Denmark.464
14(14)Greece.471
15(15)Monaco.472
16(16)Germany.486
17(17)Spain.513
18(18)Netherlands.515
19(19)Norway.540
20(20)Ex-Yugoslavia.544
21(24)Romania.546
22(21)Switzerland.552
23(22)Turkey.553
24(23)Bosnia.554
25(25)Malta.587
26(26)Croatia.595
27(28)Austria.612
28(31)Belgium.624
29(29)Estonia.631
30(27)Georgia.640
31(30)Latvia.650
32(34)Moldova.654
33(33)Cyprus.657
34(32)Iceland.664
35(36)Portugal.675
36(35)Hungary.677
37(37)Finland.719
38(38)Poland.731
39(39)Albania.770
40(40)Slovenia.784
41(41)Lithuania.809
42(42)FYR Macedonia.835
43(-)Belarus .868