Iceland has entered the Eurovision Song Contest since their debut in 1986, except for 1998 and 2002 when prevented due to finishing outside qualification places the preceding years. As of 2013, Iceland is the only Northern European country that has never yet won the Eurovision Song Contest.
In contrast Iceland's worst result is last place, which has been achieved twice to date: In 1989 gave Iceland its first last place, when Daníel Ágúst got nul points for his entry "Það sem enginn sér" and in 2001 when Two Tricky came last for Iceland, receiving just 3 points for their performance of "Angel".
With the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Iceland automatically qualified for the final that year due to Birgitta's 8th place the previous year. In 2008, Iceland reached the final for the first time since then, when Euroband sang This Is My Life. Since the two semi-final system was introduced in 2008, Iceland is one of seven countries (along with Azerbaijan, Denmark, Greece, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine) who has not missed a final.
Despite these mixed fortunes, Iceland is the second most successful country never to win the contest (behind only Malta).
NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.