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.

2021 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 and Russia each did enough in Rotterdam to maintain the top two places.
  • Azerbaijan and more markedly Australia tumble due to the low number of contests they’ve competed in (see above).
  • Italy’s win sees them overtake other long term entrants the UK and Ireland.
  • Bulgaria now have enough final appearances to qualify for this table, but their average is severely impacted by their run of NQs in their early years.
  • 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.220
2(2)Russia.292
3(4)Sweden.317
4(8)Italy.327
5(5)United Kingdom.343
6(3)Azerbaijan.345
7(7)Ireland.367
8(9)France.368
9(10)Luxembourg.390
10(11)Israel.431
11(6)Australia .454
12(13)Monaco.472
13(12)Denmark.473
14(15)Greece.492
15(14)Germany.496
16(16)Netherlands.500
17(17) Serbia.503
18(19)Armenia.529
19(18)Spain.533
20(20)Norway.539
21(21)Ex-Yugoslavia.544
22(22)Switzerland.546
23(23)Turkey.553
24(24)Bosnia.554
25(26)Malta.589
26(25)Romania.605
27(27)Austria.617
28(31)Cyprus.637
29(30)Belgium.638
30(28)Estonia .639
31(29)Croatia.642
32(32)Moldova.650
33(33)Iceland.651
34(35)Portugal.684
35(34)Latvia.700
36(37)Hungary.701
37(38)Finland.720
39(36)Georgia.723
39(-)Bulgaria.726
40(39)Albania.748
41(40)Poland.766
42(42)Lithuania.778
43(41)Slovenia.788
44(43)North Macedonia.824
45(44)Belarus .882