League Table

Our scoring system

We start in 1997 because that’s when the public first played a role in selecting the winner. It’s worth noting that

The scoring itself is blindingly simple:

  1. Victory: 5 points
  2. Runner-up: 4 points
  3. Third: 3 points
  4. Fourth: 2 points
  5. Fifth: 1 point

If there was a tie for points in any given year, the rules from that year for tiebreaking were used to create the league table.

Here’s the overall scoreboard:

Year First Points Second Points Third Points Fourth Points Fifth Points
1997 UK 5 Ireland 4 Turkey 3 Italy 2 Cyprus 1
1998 Israel 5 UK 4 Malta 3 Netherlands 2 Croatia 1
1999 Sweden 5 Iceland 4 Germany 3 Croatia 2 Israel 1
2000 Denmark 5 Russia 4 Latvia 3 Estonia 2 Germany 1
2001 Estonia 5 Denmark 4 Greece 3 France 2 Sweden 1
2002 Latvia 5 Malta 4 UK 3 Estonia 2 France 1
2003 Turkey 5 Belgium 4 Russia 3 Norway 2 Sweden 1
2004 Ukraine 5 Serbia & Montenegro 4 Greece 3 Turkey 2 Cyprus 1
2005 Greece 5 Malta 4 Romania 3 Israel 2 Latvia 1
2006 Finland 5 Russia 4 Bosnia & Hercegovina 3 Romania 2 Sweden 1
2007 Serbia 5 Ukraine 4 Russia 3 Turkey 2 Bulgaria 1
2008 Russia 5 Ukraine 4 Greece 3 Armenia 2 Norway 1
2009 Norway 5 Iceland 4 Azerbaijan 3 Turkey 2 UK 1
2010 Germany 5 Turkey 4 Romania 3 Denmark 2 Azerbaijan 1
2011 Azerbaijan 5 Italy 4 Sweden 3 Ukraine 2 Denmark 1
2012 Sweden 5 Russia 4 Serbia 3 Azerbaijan 2 Albania 1
2013 Denmark 5 Azerbaijan 4 Ukraine 3 Norway 2 Russia 1
2014 Austria 5 Netherlands 4 Sweden 3 Armenia 2 Hungary 1
2015 Sweden 5 Russia 4 Italy 3 Belgium 2 Australia 1
2016 Ukraine 5 Australia 4 Russia 3 Bulgaria 2 Sweden 1
2017 Portugal 5 Bulgaria 4 Moldova 3 Belgium 2 Sweden 1
2018 Israel 5 Cyprus 4 Austria 3 Germany 2 Italy 1
2019 Netherlands 5 Italy 4 Russia 3 Switzerland 2 Sweden 1

This converts to the following league table:

Rank Country Total Notes
1 Russia 31
2 Sweden 24
3 Denmark 21
4 Ukraine 18 One win, two seconds
5 Turkey 18 One win, one second
6 Azerbaijan 15
7 Greece 14
8 UK 13
9 Italy 12
10 Germany 11

In terms of most victories, Sweden has three; Ukraine and Denmark each have two. Sweden remains one victory shy of tying Ireland for the most wins ever (7). However all of Ireland’s victories were jury based: half of Sweden’s six victories have been in the televoting era. But with their 2019 victory the Netherlands has their fifth victory—after a 45 year wait for #5!