Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station NRK
National selection events Melodi Grand Prix
Appearances 52 (50 finals)
First appearance 1960
Best result 1st: 1985, 1995, 2009
Worst result

Last: 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2012

Nul points: 1963, 1978, 1981, 1997
External links
NRK page
Norway's page at

Norway has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1960 and only been absent twice since then: in 1970, when they boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, when they did not qualify.

Norway won the contest in 2009, having previously won twice, in 1985 with Bobbysocks' performance of "La det swinge" (Let It Swing) and in 1995 with Secret Garden's mainly instrumental, Celtic-influenced ethno-piece "Nocturne". Despite these successes, the country also holds the unfortunate distinction of having scored the most "nul points" (zero points) in competition history, namely four times. Norway also holds the record of having finished last in a Eurovision final most often, namely eleven times (most recently in 2012). In 2009, however, the country set itself three more records of which to be far more proud, when it claimed the 2009 title with the most votes in Eurovision history, winning 387 points and having the biggest gap between first and second place. They also held the record for most 12 points earned by a country in one contest, receiving the highest score from sixteen countries, but this was beaten by Sweden in 2012.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Norway's highest placing was Alexander Rybak's first place in the 2009 contest. Their next best finish was in the 2013 contest where Margaret Berger performed the song "I Feed You My Love", which came in 4th. A very good position came again in the 2008 contest, where Maria Haukaas Storeng performed the song "Hold On Be Strong", which came in 5th.

The Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast in Norway by Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), which also broadcasts Norway's national selection competition, the Melodi Grand Prix.


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
Maria Haukaas Storeng performing "Hold On Be Strong" at Belgrade (2008)
Margaret Berger performing "I Feed You My Love" at Malmö (2013)
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1960 Nora Brockstedt Norwegian "Voi Voi" 4 11
No Semi-Finals
1961 Nora Brockstedt Norwegian "Sommer i Palma" 7 10
1962 Inger Jacobsen Norwegian "Kom sol, kom regn" 10 2
1963 Anita Thallaug Norwegian "Solvherv" 13 0
1964 Arne Bendiksen Norwegian "Spiral" 8 6
1965 Kirsti Sparboe Norwegian "Karusell" 13 1
1966 Åse Kleveland Norwegian "Intet er nytt under solen" 3 15
1967 Kirsti Sparboe Norwegian "Dukkemann" 14 2
1968 Odd Børre Norwegian "Stress" 13 2
1969 Kirsti Sparboe Norwegian "Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli" 16 1
Did Not Compete
1971 Hanne Krogh Norwegian "Lykken er" 17 65
1972 Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg Norwegian "Småting" 14 73
1973 Bendik Singers English, French "It's Just A Game" 7 89
1974 Anne-Karine Strøm & Bendik Singers English "The First Day of Love" 14 3
1975 Ellen Nikolaysen English "Touch My Life (With Summer)" 18 11
1976 Anne-Karine Strøm English "Mata Hari" 18 7
1977 Anita Skorgan Norwegian "Casanova" 14 18
1978 Jahn Teigen Norwegian "Mil etter mil" 20 0
1979 Anita Skorgan Norwegian "Oliver" 11 57
1980 Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta Norwegian "Sámiid Ædnan" 16 15
1981 Finn Kalvik Norwegian "Aldri i livet" 20 0
1982 Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan Norwegian "Adieu" 12 40
1983 Jahn Teigen Norwegian "Do Re Mi" 9 53
1984 Dollie de Luxe Norwegian "Lenge leve livet" 17 29
1985 Bobbysocks Norwegian "La det swinge" 1 123
1986 Ketil Stokkan Norwegian "Romeo" 12 44
1987 Kate Gulbrandsen Norwegian "Mitt liv" 9 65
1988 Karoline Krüger Norwegian "For vår jord" 5 88
1989 Britt Synnøve Norwegian "Venners nærhet" 17 30
1990 Ketil Stokkan Norwegian "Brandenburger Tor" 21 8
1991 Just 4 Fun Norwegian "Mrs. Thompson" 17 14
1992 Merethe Trøan Norwegian "Visjoner" 18 23
1993 Silje Vige Norwegian "Alle mine tankar" 5 120
Participated Previous Year
1994 Elisabeth Andreassen &
Jan Werner Danielsen
Norwegian "Duett" 6 76
No Semi-Finals
1995 Secret Garden Norwegian "Nocturne" 1 148
1996 Elisabeth Andreassen Norwegian "I evighet" 2 114
Reigning Champion
1997 Tor Endresen Norwegian "San Francisco" 24 0
No Semi-Finals
1998 Lars A. Fredriksen Norwegian "Alltid sommer" 7 81
1999 Stig Van Eijk English "Living My Life Without You" 14 35
2000 Charmed English "My Heart Goes Boom" 11 57
2001 Haldor Lægreid English "On My Own" 22 3
Relegation from Participating
2003 Jostein Hasselgård English "I'm Not Afraid To Move On" 4 123
2004 Knut Anders Sørum English "High" 24 3
Top 11 Previous Year
2005 Wig Wam English "In My Dreams" 9 125 6 164
2006 Christine Guldbrandsen Norwegian "Alvedansen" 14 36
Top 11 Previous Year
2007 Guri Schanke English, Spanish "Ven a bailar conmigo"
Failed to qualify
18 48
2008 Maria Haukaas Storeng English "Hold On Be Strong" 5 182 4 106
2009 Alexander Rybak English "Fairytale" 1 387 1 201
2010 Didrik Solli-Tangen English "My Heart Is Yours" 20 35
Reigning Champion
2011 Stella Mwangi English, Swahili "Haba Haba"
Failed to qualify
17 30
2012 Tooji English "Stay" 26 7 10 45
2013 Margaret Berger English "I Feed You My Love" 4 191 3 120
2014 Carl Espen English "Silent Storm"

NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Norway's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Norway gave 12 points to a winning song / Norway won the contest.
     Second place – Norway gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Norway was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Norway gave 12 points to a third place song / Norway came third in the contest.
     Qualified – Norway gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Norway qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Norway gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Norway did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1975  Netherlands No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1976  United Kingdom
1977  Ireland
1978  Ireland
1979  Israel
1980  Ireland
1981   Switzerland
1982  Cyprus
1983  Sweden
1984  Denmark
1985  Sweden  Austria
 United Kingdom
1986  Luxembourg
1987  Yugoslavia
1988  Sweden  United Kingdom
1989  United Kingdom
1990  France
1991  France
1992  Italy
1993  Ireland None1  Croatia
Did not Participate
1994  Ireland No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1995  Denmark  Greece
1996  Portugal Unknown2
1997  France No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1998  Malta  Sweden
1999  Sweden
2000  Latvia
2001  Denmark
2002 Relegated Relegated
2003  Iceland  Iceland
2004  Sweden  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Did not Participate
2005  Denmark  Denmark  Denmark
2006  Finland  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Did not Participate
2007  Sweden  Iceland Did not Qualify
2008  Denmark  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Finland
2009  Iceland  Denmark  Belarus
2010  Germany  Sweden
Did not Participate
2011  Finland  Finland Did not Qualify
2012  Sweden  Sweden
2013  Sweden  Malta  Denmark

1 Ireland was illegible to vote at the 1993 pre-qualifying round, as voting was restricted to countries taking part in the pre-qualifying round.

2 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.


Year Location Venue Presenters
1986 Norway Bergen Grieghallen Åse Kleveland
1996 Norway Oslo Oslo Spektrum Ingvild Bryn and Morten Harket
2010 Norway Bærum Telenor Arena Nadia Hasnaoui, Haddy N'jie and Erik Solbakken

Other awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Press Award

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2009 "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak 1st 387 Moscow


Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[1] The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profitable company.[2] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from thirty-nine clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2009 contest.

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2009 "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak 1st 387 Moscow

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
1960 Erik Diesen Kari Borg Mannsåker
1961 Leif Rustad Mette Janson
1962 Odd Grythe Kari Borg Mannsåker
1963 Øivind Johnsen Roald Øyen
1964 Odd Grythe Sverre Christophersen
1965 Erik Diesen
1966 Sverre Christophersen Erik Diesen
1967 Erik Diesen Sverre Christophersen
1968 Roald Øyen
1969 Sverre Christophersen Janka Polanyi
1970 No commentator Norway did not participate
1971 Sverre Christophersen No Spokesperson
1972 Roald Øyen
1973 John Andreassen
1974 Sverre Christophersen
1976 Jo Vestly
1977 John Andreassen
1978 Bjørn Scheele Egil Teige
1979 Egil Teige Sverre Christophersen
1980 Knut Aunbu Roald Øyen
1981 Sverre Christophersen
1982 Bjørn Scheele Erik Diesen
1983 Ivar Dyrhaug
1984 Roald Øyen Egil Teige
1985 Veslemøy Kjendsli Erik Diesen
1986 Knut Bjørnsen Nina Matheson
1987 John Andreassen and Tor Paulsen Sverre Christophersen
1988 John Andreassen Andreas Diesen
1989 Sverre Christophersen
1990 Leif Erik Forberg
1991 John Andreassen and Jahn Teigen
1992 John Andreassen
1993 Leif Erik Forberg
1994 Jostein Pedersen
1995 Annette Groth
1996 Jostein Pedersen Ragnhild Sælthun Fjørtoft
2000 Marit Åslein
2001 Roald Øyen
2002 Norway did not participate
2003 Roald Øyen
2004 Ingvild Helljesen
2007 Per Sundnes Synnøve Svabø
2008 Per Sundnes and Hanne Hoftun Stian Barsnes Simonsen
2009 Synnøve Svabø
2010 Olav Viksmo Slettan Anne Rimmen
2011 Nadia Hasnaoui
2013 Tooji
2014 TBD TBD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eurovision Fanclub Network". OGAE. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Club History" (in Finnish). OGAE Finland. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 

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