Eurovision is coming up! We’re less than a month away from the first semi final, so it is time to get excited! 37 songs have been chosen and will battle it out for the crown in Liverpool this May. But you may be wondering, which country has won the most in Eurovision? Well, that’s what this article is going to answer. Here is a list of the top 10 (well 11 because of ties) countries with the most wins at the contest so far, along with an unofficial mini preview of sorts of this year’s contest in Liverpool. 

T8. Ukraine – 3 wins

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Starting off with the current reigning champions, Ukraine. Despite making their debut 20 years ago in 2003, the country already has three wins, more than many countries that have had more frequent appearances than Ukraine. The first victory came in 2004 with the iconic Wild Dances from Ruslana. Their second victory came in 2016 with Jamala’s haunting rendition of 1944, then their latest victory came last year with Kalush Orchestra’s Stefania. The bookies seem to think that Ukraine’s entry this year is also going to do very well, so we may well see them pick up victory #4 in Liverpool.

T8. Italy – 3 wins

Also with three wins is Italy. Italy won the contest in 1964, 1990 and most recently in 2021 with Måneskin’s Zitti e Buoni, which catapulted the band to global success. While Italy only has one victory in the recent era of Eurovision, they have been arguably the most consistent country. Over the last 11 contests (2011-2022), Italy has placed in the top ten 9 out of 11 times. This includes some of the most well-known and beloved entries in the Eurovision fandom, such as Soldi and Fai Rumore, which would have been one of the heavy favourites for the 2020 contest had it not been cancelled. 

T8. Denmark – 3 wins

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The Nordic countries have a strong reputation in Eurovision. Four of the five have at least one victory and three of the five appear on this list, Denmark being the first. They have three victories, the first coming in 1963, the second in 2000 and the third in 2013 with Emmalie De Forest’s Only Teardrops. While Denmark has not had as much success in recent years, having last qualified for the final in 2019, could their entry this year, Reiley’s Breaking My Heart, be the one to change that?

T8. Norway – 3 wins

Norway is another country with a rich Eurovision tradition. They have won three times, in 1985, 1995 and 2009. Some of their more recent memorable entrants include Alexander Rybak’s Fairytale, the winning song of the 2009 contest and Keiino’s Spirit In The Sky. Norway has finished in the top 10 in 6 of the last 10 finals and will be hoping to make that 7 out of 11 with their entry this year, Alessandra’s Queen of Kings, which has already gone viral on Tiktok. 

7. Israel – 4 wins

Israel, while not really being in Europe, has had a strong track record in Eurovision. It achieved its first two victories in back-to-back years in 1978 and 1979. Their next victory came in 1998 with Dana International and “Diva”. This victory is considered to be a milestone for the LGBTQIA+ community, as Dana is the first openly trans participant and the first openly LGBTQIA+ winner in the contest. The latest victory came in 2018 with Netta’s “Toy”.

T3. Netherlands – 5 wins

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The Dutch also have a strong and rich tradition within Eurovision. Like some of the other countries in this list, the majority of their success has come early in the contest’s history, winning in 1957, 1959, 1969 and 1975. However, Duncan Laurence’s Arcade, which has gone on to become one of the most successful Eurovision songs in history, gave the country its first win in 44 years in 2019. So, countries that have had a lot of success in the past but not so much now (*cough* UK *cough* France *cough*), there’s hope!

T3. UK – 5 wins

The UK was once good at Eurovision! What a concept. While the UK’s track record in recent years has not been… great, to say the least, it has been better! The UK has five victories, dating all the way back to the 1960s. The UK’s victories came in 1967, 1969, 1976, 1981 and 1998. While the UK may be number 3 on the list, they also have a record 16 second-place victories, the most recent being Sam Ryder’s Spaceman. A few votes going one way or another and this list could have been very different. 

T3. Luxembourg – 5 wins

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That’s right, Luxembourg, a country that hasn’t competed since 1993, is one of the most successful countries in Eurovision history. It was one of the original seven countries at the debut contest in 1956, winning the contest in 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983. As it’s so small, the majority of Luxembourg’s representatives came from the surrounding countries, primarily France. Truly exemplifying the ideas of Eurovision when it comes to representing Luxembourg. 

T3. France – 5 wins

The last of the countries with 5 wins is France. They achieved these victories in 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969 (the above Frida Boccara with Un Jour Un Enfant) and 1977. Despite being one of the “Big 5” (the countries that automatically qualify for the final), France has not had much recent success. While Barbara Pravi’s Voilà earnt France second place at the 2021 contest, the last time France actually won the contest was in 1977. La Zarra, this year’s French representative, will be hoping to change that with her entry Évidemment

2. Sweden – 6 wins

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Sweden is arguably the most dominant country in the history of Eurovision. In the country’s 61 appearances at the contest, they have made the final 60 times. While this is due to different voting systems (semi-finals weren’t a thing during the early years of the contest), you can’t deny that it’s an incredible track record. Sweden is currently favoured by the bookies to add their seventh victory this year with the song Tattoo from previous winner Loreen. While I personally don’t think it should (my winners are Slovenia’s Carpe Diem and Latvia’s Aijā), you can’t deny that Sweden has one of the best track records in Eurovision history. 

1. Ireland – 7 wins

And the most successful country in the history of Eurovision is… Ireland, a country that hasn’t qualified for the final since 2018 and only twice in the past 10 years. That’s because Ireland was a dominating force in Eurovision during the 20th century. In the 10-year period between 1987 and 1996, the country secured 5 of its 7 victories, beginning with the above Hold Me Now by Johnny Logan and including 3 straight from 1992 to 1994. While Ireland has struggled in recent years, they are currently the country that has won the most in Eurovision. 

So, to answer the question, which country has won the most in Eurovision? Well, the answer to that is Ireland. But, it could all change this coming May in Liverpool. Whether we see a new country pick up their first victory or another earn another, we will just have to wait and see. Just about three and a half weeks until the first semi-final and I could not be more excited. Happy Eurovision season!

Now you know which countries are the most successful, you may want to know about some of the most memorable Eurovision stars. Or take a look at our fave songs from Eurovision over the years for a fun trip down memory lane.