After the sixty-second Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Kyiv and was won by Portugal, one of the most interesting questions is: which country is the all-time Eurovision champion? Which country has topped the rankings throughout the history of the contest? Which country has won the right to sing in the yellow jersey, size LXII? Eurostory has figured out the answers.


TRADITIONAL RANKINGS

Traditionally, the number of victories is counted in order to calculate which country has been most successful at the Eurovision Song Contest. This method produces the following list:

  1. Ireland (1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996) – seven victories
  2. Sweden (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015) – six victories
  3. France (1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977), Luxemburg (1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983), United Kingdom (1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997) – five victories
  4. The Netherlands (1957, 1959, 1969, 1975) – four victories
  5. Denmark (1963, 2000, 2013), Israel (1978, 1979, 1998), Norway (1985, 1995, 2009) – three victories
  6. Switzerland (1956, 1988), Italy (1964, 1990), Austria (1966, 2014), Spain (1968, 1969), Germany (1982, 2010), Ukraine (2004, 2016) – two victories
  7. Monaco (1971), Belgium (1986), Yugoslavia (1989), Estonia (2001), Latvia (2003), Turkey (2004), Greece (2005), Finland (2006), Serbia (2007), Russia (2008), Azerbaijan (2011), Portugal (2017) – one victory

That’s pretty clear: if we calculate it this way, Ireland is the champion, with Sweden creeping up in second place.


NON-TRADITIONAL RANKINGS

But is it really fair only to count the winners? Why not take second and third places into account? After all, that’s still impressive in a field of what is now forty-three participating countries.
There’s also the fact that the traditional rankings obviously favour the countries that have been involved in the Eurovision Song Contest since the beginning. To put it simply, they’ve had more opportunities to come first.

So, to come up with a more accurate picture, Eurostory has calculated the average score per country. The final position each year was weighted against the number of participants that year. Then the average score for all participating years was calculated.

N.B. 1: If the country does not reach the final, the score is zero.
N.B. 2: For the ‘Big Five’, the countries that pay the largest contribution to the European Broadcasting Union and therefore automatically have a place in the final, their results were weighted against the number of countries in the final.

N.B. 3: Some countries have only taken part a couple of times. It doesn’t seem fair to count them, so: countries that have participated fewer than five times are excluded from the list. This means Australia goes (89,5%, three entries), but also Morocco (10,5%), having participated only once. Also the leader, Serbia and Montenegro (90,9%), vanishes from the chart. Following the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro took part as a combined state for two years. After that, each country entered their own participant.

If we line up the scores, this is the result:

  1. Azerbaijan 80,6
  2. Ukraine 80,0
  3. Russia 74,0
  4. Armenia 70,6
  5. United Kingdom 66,6
  6. Italy 66,1
  7. Sweden 64,6
  8. France 61,0
  9. Romania 60,4
  10. Ireland 59,3
  11. Greece 59,0
  12. Serbia 56,0
  13. Luxemburg 55,8
  14. Bosnia and Hercegovina 55,8
  15. Denmark 53,9
  16. Monaco 53,6
  17. Israel 53,1
  18. Germany 52,4
  19. Georgia 50,5
  20. Moldova 50,0
  21. Spain 49,6
  22. Croatia 49,5
  23. Malta 48,4
  24. Hungary 48,3
  25. Turkey 47,4
  26. Norway 46,9
  27. The Netherlands 46,4
  28. Yugoslavia 46,3
  29. Switzerland 46,2
  30. Cyprus 42,1
  31. Austria 42,0
  32. Estonia 41,8
  33. Belgium 41,7
  34. Iceland 41,7
  35. Latvia 37,3
  36. Poland 36,9
  37. Albania 34,4
  38. Finland 33,9
  39. Portugal 33,2
  40. Lithuania 32,0
  41. Slovenia 28,5
  42. Bulgaria 25,5
  43. Macedonia 23,8
  44. Belarus 22,3
  45. Montenegro 13,5
  46. Slovakia 13,0
  47. Czech Republic 7,2
  48. San Marino 4,7
  49. Andorra 0,0

Conclusion 1: The top ten is neatly divided between five ‘new’ Eurovision countries and five ‘old’ ones. It should be noted that the United Kingdom, in particular, is relying on past successes.

Conclusion 2: Since last year especially Romania and Moldova climbed up, and Serbia, Switzerland and especially Georgia fell in the rankings.

Conclusion 3: Topping the charts is Azerbaijan and, breathing down its neck, in second place is: Ukraine. Last year it was the other way round. So: 2017 crowned a new, true Eurovision champion. The Azeri’s are the ones to beat.


This article was translated by Laura Watkinson.