League Table

Our scoring system

We start in 1997 because that’s when the public first played a role in selecting the winner. The scoring itself is blindingly obvious:

  1. Victory: 5 points
  2. Runner-up: 4 points
  3. Third: 3 points
  4. Fourth: 2 points
  5. Fifth: 1 point

When there has been a tie for total 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
2019 Netherlands 5 Italy 4 Russia 3 Switzerland 2 Sweden 1
2021 Italy 5 France 4 Switzerland 3 Iceland 2 Ukraine 1
2022 Ukraine 5 UK 4 Spain 3 Sweden 2 Serbia 1

This converts to the following league table:

Rank Country Total
1 Russia 34
2 Ukraine 29*
3 Sweden 29
4 Italy 19
5 Turkey 18
6 Denmark 17
7 UK 17
8 Azerbaijan 15
9 Greece 14
10 Israel 13

In terms of most victories, Ukraine and Sweden now both have three; Denmark has two. Sweden remains one victory shy of tying Ireland for the most wins ever (7). Since Ukraine has finished runner-up twice, they are ranked ahead of Sweden.

2022 Update

Ukraine’s 2022 win is their third they are now second in the league table. The UK’s leapt up several places thanks to Sam Ryder.