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

This converts to the following league table:

Rank Country Total Notes
1 Russia 28
2 Sweden 23
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 Germany 11
10 Norway 10

The only noteworthy shift is that Germany is now up to 8th overall, ahead of Norway. Latvia is solely in possession of 10th, but Austria and Italy are only a point behind.

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.