Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the co-founders of the Eurovision Song Contest. Not only was the first edition of the contest (1956) held on Swiss soil (Lugano), but the country also won this first contest – with Lys Assia and her song Refrain.

Lys Assia often returned to the festival and became responsible for four Swiss entries, just as much as the trio Peter, Sue & Marc in the seventies and eighties. But they sang in a different language every time: French, German, English and Italian. Which is not that strange for the Swiss as they have four official languages. French is sung most often and Romansh is the language they have sung in the least.

The Swiss have often sent artists that came from elsewhere. They were most successful with a singer from Canada: superstar Céline Dion, who won in 1988 with Ne partez pas sans moi.

Nowadays Switzerland seems to be struggling more: in the last twelve editions the Swiss only managed to reach the final two times, and at four occasions they even ended last.

(T: Inès Verstraete)

 

Performance

Entries 60
Average Performance 41.3%

Entries

Rotterdam 2020
Gjon's Tears — Répondez-moi
(Alizé Oswald/Xavier Michel/Jeroen Swinnen/Gjon Muharremaj)
Tel Aviv 2019
Luca Hänni — She got me
(Laurell Barker/Frazer Mac/Luca Hänni/Jon Hällgren/Lukas Hällgren)
4th
364
Lisbon 2018
ZiBBZ — Stones
(Laurell Barker/Corinne Gfeller/Stefan Gfeller)
13th
86
Kyiv 2017
Timebelle — Apollo
(Elias Näslin/Alessandra Günthardt/Nicolas Günthardt)
12th
97
Stockholm 2016
Rykka — The last of our kind
(Christina Maria Rieder/Mike James/Jeff Dawson/Warne Livesey)
18th
28
Vienna 2015
Mélanie René — Time to shine
(Mélanie René)
17th
4
Copenhagen 2014
Sebalter — Hunter of stars
(Sebastiano Paù-Lessi)
13th
64
Malmö 2013
Takasa — You and me
(Georg Schlunegger/Roman Camenzind/Fred Herrmann)
13th
41
Baku 2012
Sinplus — Unbreakable
(Gabriel Broggini/Ivan Broggini)
11th
45
Düsseldorf 2011
Anna Rossinelli — In love for a while
(David Klein)
25th
19
Oslo 2010
Michael von der Heide — Il pleut de l'or
(Michael von der Heide/Pele Loriano/Heike Kospach/André Grüter)
17th
2
Moscow 2009
Lovebugs — The highest heights
(Adrian Sieber/Thomas Rechberger/Florian Senn/Lovebugs)
14th
15
Belgrade 2008
Paolo Meneguzzi — Era stupendo
(Pablo Meneguzzo/Vincenzo Incenzo)
13th
47
Helsinki 2007
DJ BoBo — Vampires are alive
(DJ BoBo)
20th
40
Athens 2006
Six4One — If we all give a little
(Ralph Siegel/Bernd Meinunger)
16th
30
Kyiv 2005
Vanilla Ninja — Cool vibes
(David Brandes)
8th
128
Istanbul 2004
Piero Esteriore & the MusicStars — Celebrate
(Greg Manning)
22nd
0
Tallinn 2002
Francine Jordi — Dans le jardin de mon âme
(Francine Lehmann)
22nd
15
Stockholm 2000
Jane Bogaert — La vita cos'è?
(Bernie Staub/Thomas Marin)
20th
14
Birmingham 1998
Gunvor — Lass Ihn
(Gunvor Guggisberg/Egon Egemann)
25th
0
Dublin 1997
Barbara Berta — Dentro di me
(Barbara Berta)
22nd
5
Oslo 1996
Kathy Leander — Mon cœur l'aime
(Soren Mounir)
16th
22
Dublin 1994
Duilio — Sto pregando
(Giuseppe Scaramello)
19th
15
Millstreet 1993
Annie Cotton — Moi, tout simplement
(Christophe Duc/Jean-Jacques Egli)
3rd
148
Malmö 1992
Daisy Auvray — Mister Music Man
(Gordon Dent)
15th
32
Rome 1991
Sandra Simó — Canzone per te
(Renato Mascetti)
5th
118
Zagreb 1990
Egon Egemann — Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus
(Cornelia Lackner)
11th
51
Lausanne 1989
Furbaz — Viver senza tei
(Marie Louise Werth)
13th
47
Dublin 1988
Céline Dion — Ne partez pas sans moi
(Nella Martinetti/Atilla Şereftuğ)
1st
137
Brussels 1987
Carole Rich — Moitié, moitié
(Jean-Jacques Egli)
17th
26
Bergen 1986
Daniela Simmons — Pas pour moi
(Atilla Şereftuğ/Nella Martinetti)
2nd
140
Gothenburg 1985
Mariella Farré & Pino Gasparini — Piano, piano
(Anita Kerr/Trudi Müller-Bosshard)
12th
39
Luxembourg 1984
Rainy Day — Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein
(Günther Loose)
16th
30
Munich 1983
Mariella Farré — Io così non ci sto
(Thomas Gonzenbach/Remo Kessler/Nella Martinetti)
15th
28
Harrogate 1982
Arlette Zola — Amour on t'aime
(Alain Morisod/Pierre Alain)
3rd
97
Dublin 1981
Peter, Sue & Marc — Io senza tei
(Peter Reber/Nella Martinetti)
4th
121
The Hague 1980
Paola — Cinéma
(Peter Reber/Véronique Müller)
4th
104
Jerusalem 1979
Peter, Sue & Marc & Pfuri, Gorps & Kniri — Trödler und Co.
(Peter Reber)
10th
60
Paris 1978
Carole Vinci — Vivre
(Alain Morisod/Pierre Alain)
9th
65
London 1977
Pepe Lienhard Band — Swiss Lady
(Peter Reber)
6th
71
The Hague 1976
Peter, Sue & Marc — Djambo, djambo
(Peter Reber)
4th
91
Stockholm 1975
Simone Drexel — Mikado
(Simone Drexel)
6th
77
Brighton 1974
Piera Martell — Mein Ruf nach dir
(Pepe Ederer)
14th
3
Luxembourg 1973
Patrick Juvet — Je vais me marier, Marie
(Patrick Juvet/Pierre Delanoë)
12th
79
Edinburgh 1972
Véronique Müller — C'est la chanson de mon amour
(Véronique Müller/Catherine Desage)
8th
88
Dublin 1971
Peter, Sue & Marc — Les illusions de nos vingt ans
(Peter Reber/Maurice Tézé)
12th
78
Amsterdam 1970
Henri Dès — Retour
(Henri Dès)
4th
8
Madrid 1969
Paola del Medico — Bonjour, bonjour
(Henry Mayer/Jack Stark)
5th
13
London 1968
Gianni Mascolo — Guardando il sole
(Aldo D'Addario/Sanzio Chiesa)
13th
2
Vienna 1967
Géraldine — Quel cœur vas-tu briser?
(Daneil Faure/Gérard Gray)
17th
0
Luxembourg 1966
Madeleine Pascal — Ne vois-tu pas?
(Pierre Brenner/Roland Schweizer)
6th
12
Napels 1965
Yovanna — Non, à jamais sans toi
(Bob Calfati/Jean Charles)
8th
8
Copenhagen 1964
Anita Traversi — I miei pensieri
(Giovanni Pelli/Sanzio Chiesa)
13th
0
London 1963
Esther Ofarim — T'en va pas
(Géo Voumard/Émile Gardaz)
2nd
40
Luxembourg 1962
Jean Philippe — Le retour
(Géo Voumard/Émile Gardaz)
10th
2
Cannes 1961
Franca di Rienzo — Nous aurons demain
(Géo Voumard/Émile Gardaz)
3rd
16
London 1960
Anita Traversi — Cielo e terra
(Mario Robbiani)
8th
5
Cannes 1959
Christa Williams — Irgendwoher
(Lothar Löffler)
4th
14
Hilversum 1958
Lys Assia — Giorgio
(Paul Burkhard/Fridolin Tschudi)
2nd
24
Frankfurt 1957
Lys Assia — L'enfant que j'étais
(Géo Voumard/Emile Gardaz)
8th
5
Beide liedjes: Lys Assia — 1: Das alte Karussell - 2: Refrain (winnaar)
(1: Georg Betz-Stahl/Fernando Paggi - 2: Géo Voumard/Emile Gardaz)
1st

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