Norway

Norway has taken part in nearly every Eurovision Song Contest since 1960 and holds multiple records, though not all of them are for particularly impressive achievements. For starters, Norway has come last more often than any other country – a whopping eleven times. That’s not all; four out of these eleven times Norway finished with zero points, setting another less-than-impressive record.

However, Norway has won Eurovision three times. First in 1985 with La det swinge (Let It Swing) by Bobbysocks, then in 1995 with Nocturne by Secret Garden. The most recent victory came in 2009, breaking another (this time more positive) record: Alexander Rybak achieved the highest score ever recorded in the history of Eurovision with his song Fairytale. Rybak was awarded 387 points, which included sixteen of the famed maximum ‘twelve point’ scores. Rybak’s score remains the highest-ever score achieved under the voting system that was in place from 1975-2015, which was based on combining scores submitted both via televoting and by each country’s individual judging panel.

Norway chooses their Eurovision representative on their TV show Melodi Grand Prix. Legendary Norwegian singer Jahn Teigen has participated in the show thirteen times, and won three times, each victory earning him a place in the Eurovision Song Contest. He first appeared on Eurovision in 1978 where he earned one of Norway’s infamous zero-point scores. This gained him instant fame, of course, and also inspired the name of the album he released shortly after taking part in the competition, which was entitled This year’s loser.


(T: Matthew Prestage)

Performance

Entries 58
Average Performance 42.0%

Entries

Rotterdam 2020
Ulrikke Brandstorp — Attention
(Christian Ingebrigtsen/Kjetil Mørland/Ulrikke Brandstorp)
Tel Aviv 2019
KEiiNO — Spirit in the sky
(Tom Hugo/Henrik Tala/Fred Buljo/Rûdiger Schramm/Alexander Olsson/Alexandra Rotan)
6th
331
Lisbon 2018
Alexander Rybak — That's how you write a song
(Alexander Rybak)
15th
144
Kyiv 2017
JOWST — Grab the moment
(Joakim With Steen/Jonas McDonnell)
10th
158
Stockholm 2016
Agnete — Icebreaker
(Agnete K. Johnsen/Gabriel Alares/Ian Curnow)
13th
63
Vienna 2015
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett — A monster like me
(Kjetil Mørland)
8th
102
Copenhagen 2014
Carl Espen — Silent storm
(Josefin Winther)
8th
88
Malmö 2013
Margaret Berger — I feed you my love
(Karin Park/Robin Lynch/Niklas Olovson)
4th
191
Baku 2012
Tooji — Stay
(Tooji/Figge Boström/Peter Boström)
26th
7
Düsseldorf 2011
Stella Mwangi — Haba Haba
(Big City/Beyond51/Stella Mwangi)
17th
30
Oslo 2010
Didrik Solli-Tangen — My heart is yours
(Hanne Sørvaag/Fredrik Kempe)
20th
35
Moscow 2009
Alexander Rybak — Fairytale
(Alexander Rybak)
1st
387
Belgrade 2008
Maria — Hold on be strong
(Mira Craig)
5th
182
Helsinki 2007
Guri Schanke — Ven a bailar conmigo
(Thomas G:son)
18th
48
Athens 2006
Christine Guldbrandsen — Alvedansen
(Kjetil Fluge/Atle Halstensen/Christine Guldbrandsen)
14th
36
Kyiv 2005
Wig Wam — In my dreams
(Trond 'Teeny' Holter)
9th
125
Istanbul 2004
Knut Anders Sørum — High
(Thomas Thörnholm/Lars Andersson/Dan Attlerud)
24th
3
Riga 2003
Jostein Hasselgård — I'm not afraid to move on
(Arve Furset)
4th
123
Copenhagen 2001
Haldor Lægreid — On my own
(Ole Henrik Antonsen/Tom-Steinar Hanssen/Ole Jørgen Olsen)
22nd
3
Stockholm 2000
Charmed — My heart goes boom
(Tore Madsen/Morten Henriksen)
11th
57
Jerusalem 1999
Stig Van Eijk — Living my life without you
(Stig Van Eijk/Sem)
14th
35
Birmingham 1998
Lars Fredriksen — Alltid sommer
(David Eriksen/Per-Kristian Ottestad/Linda Andernach Johansen)
8th
79
Dublin 1997
Tor Endresen — San Francisco
(Tor Endresen/Arne Myksvoll)
24th
0
Oslo 1996
Elisabeth Andreassen — I evighet
(Torhild Nigar)
2nd
114
Dublin 1995
Secret Garden — Nocturne
(Rolf Løvland/Petter Skavland)
1st
148
Dublin 1994
Elisabeth Andreassen and Jan Werner Danielsen — Duett
(Rolf Løvland/Hans Olav Mørk)
6th
76
Millstreet 1993
Silje Vige — Alle mine tankar
(Bjørn-Erik Vige)
5th
120
Malmö 1992
Merethe Trøan — Visjoner
(Robert Morley/Eva Jansen)
18th
23
Rome 1991
Just 4 Fun — Mrs. Thompson
(Per Gerhard Roness/Kaare Skevik Jr./Dag Kolsrud)
17th
14
Zagreb 1990
Ketil Stokkan — Brandenburger Tor
(Ketil Stokkan)
21st
8
Lausanne 1989
Britt Synnøve Johansen — Venners nærhet
(Inge Enoksen/Leiv N. Grøtte)
17th
30
Dublin 1988
Karoline Krüger — For vår jord
(Erik Hillestad/Anita Skorgan)
5th
88
Brussels 1987
Kate Gulbrandsen — Mitt liv
(Rolf Løvland/Hanne Krogh)
9th
65
Bergen 1986
Ketil Stokkan — Romeo
(Ketil Stokkan)
12th
44
Gothenburg 1985
Bobbysocks — La det swinge
(Rolf Løvland)
1st
123
Luxembourg 1984
Dollie de Luxe — Lenge leve livet
(Benedicte Adrian/Ingrid Bjørnov)
17th
29
Munich 1983
Jahn Teigen — Do re mi
(Anita Skorgan/Jahn Teigen/Herodes Falsk)
9th
53
Harrogate 1982
Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan — Adieu
(Jahn Teigen/Herodes Falsk)
12th
40
Dublin 1981
Finn Kalvik — Aldri i livet
(Finn Kalvik)
20th
0
The Hague 1980
Sverre Kjellsberg & Mattis Hætta — Sámiid ædnan
(Sverre Kjellsberg/Ragnar Olsen)
16th
15
Jerusalem 1979
Anita Skorgan — Oliver
(Anita Skorgan/Philip A. Kruse)
11th
57
Paris 1978
Jahn Teigen — Mil etter mil
(Kai Eide)
20th
0
London 1977
Anita Skorgan — Casanova
(Svein Strugstad/Dag Nordtømme)
14th
18
The Hague 1976
Anne-Karine Ström — Mata Hari
(Frode Thingnæs/Philip A. Kruse)
18th
7
Stockholm 1975
Ellen Nikolaysen — Touch my life with summer
(Svein Hundsnes)
18th
11
Brighton 1974
Anne-Karine Strøm and the Bendik Singers — The first day of love
(Frode Thingnæs/Philip A. Kruse)
14th
3
Luxembourg 1973
Bendik Singers — It's just a game
(Arne Bendiksen/Bob Williams)
7th
89
Edinburgh 1972
Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg — Småting
(Kåre Grøttum/Ivar Børsum)
14th
73
Dublin 1971
Hanne Krogh — Lykken er
(Arne Bendiksen)
17th
65
Madrid 1969
Kirsti Sparboe — Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli
(Arne Bendiksen)
16th
1
London 1968
Odd Børre — Stress
(Tor Hultin/Ola B. Johannessen)
13th
2
Vienna 1967
Kirsti Sparboe — Dukkemann
(Tor Hultin/Ola B. Johannessen)
14th
2
Luxembourg 1966
Åse Kleveland — Intet er nytt under solen
(Arne Bendiksen)
3rd
15
Napels 1965
Kirsti Sparboe — Karusell
(Jolly Kramer-Johansen)
13th
1
Copenhagen 1964
Arne Bendiksen — Spiral
(Sigurd Jansen/Egil Hagen)
8th
6
London 1963
Anita Thallaug — Solhverv
(Dag Kristoffersen)
13th
0
Luxembourg 1962
Inger Jacobsen — Kom sol, kom regn
(Kjell Karlsen/Ivar Andersen)
10th
2
Cannes 1961
Nora Brockstedt — Sommer i Palma
(Jan Wølner/Egil Hagen)
7th
10
London 1960
Nora Brockstedt — Voi voi
(Georg Elgaaen)
4th
11

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