Miss World 2006, the 56th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on 30 September 2006 at the Sala Kongresowa, the main 2,897-seat auditorium of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland. It was the first time ever that the pageant was held in a European city other than London, United Kingdom, having previously been held there in 2002 after the Nigeria Controversy. The pageant officially concluded after Taťána Kuchařová from the Czech Republic was crowned Miss World 2006 by outgoing titleholder Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir of Iceland.
A total of 104 countries competed in the pageant, the 12th largest number behind 2013 (127) 2014 (121), 2012 (116), 2010 (115), 2015 (114), 2011 (113), 2009 (112), 2008 (109), 2004 (107), and 2007 and 2003 (both 106). All contestants were divided in six regional groups: Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Northern Europe, and Southern Europe.
During the month of September four competitions were held from which the winner of each was fast tracked into the semi-finals. Beach Beauty was selected on 7 September in the city of Gdynia. Miss Sports was held on 12 September in the city of Gizycko and the Miss Talent contest was celebrated on 20 September at Wrocław. The Beauty with a Purpose winner was announced on 30 September during the final telecast.
Switzerland - Due to scheduling conflicts, the national pageant was held on September 9 making the 2006 winner ineligible to compete, plus no finalists of Miss Switzerland 2005 pageant were available to compete. After that Switzerland did not send a contestant to the Miss World contest until 2013.
France – Miss France 2004, Laetitia Bleger was appointed to represent France at Miss World 2006, but however her Playboy pictures of May 2005 prevented her from taking part and she got suspended for 6 months by the Miss France Organization. Then the Miss France committee named the new Miss France 2006, Alexandra Rosenfeld as the French representative in Miss World 2006, but due to the fact that she had to go first to Miss Universe 2006 and later to Miss Europe 2006 contest, was finally replaced by her 2nd Runner up - Laura Fasquel.
Latvia – Miss Latvia 2005, Kristīne Djadenko was supposed to participate in Miss World 2006. However a month before the start of the competition was replaced by Līga Meinarte. Nevertheless, Djadenko participated next year at Miss World 2007.
Spain – Miss España 2006, Elizabeth Reyes was supposed to participate in Miss World 2006 after the Miss Universe 2006 contest. However she was replaced by her 1st Runner up - Inmaculada Torres.
Uruguay – Miss Uruguay Mundo 2006, Soledad Gagliardo was replaced by her first runner up, Marlene Politi for unknown reasons.
Two billion people in 200 countries across the globe tuned-in Sunday for the 56th Miss World beauty pageant grand finale in Warsaw, Poland. Viewers were also able to help select Miss World 2006 using a special short message service (SMS) system.