Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station NRK
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 57 (54 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
For the most recent participation see
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Norway has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 57 times since making its debut in 1960 and has only been absent twice since then. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, they were relegated. The contest is broadcast in Norway by NRK, which also broadcasts Norway's national selection competition, the Melodi Grand Prix.

Before 1985, Norway's best result in the contest was Åse Kleveland's third place in 1966. Norway's three victories in the contest were achieved by Bobbysocks in 1985, Secret Garden in 1995 and Alexander Rybak in 2009. Norway also finished second at the 1996 contest, with former Bobbysocks member Elisabeth Andreassen. Norway has the two dubious distinctions of having finished last in more Eurovision finals than any other country and for having the most "nul points", finishing last 11 times and failing to score a point four times. Norway has a total of 11 top five results in the contest.


Norway's first entrant in the contest in 1960 was Nora Brockstedt, who finished fourth. Åse Kleveland then finished third in 1966. Following Kleveland's result, Norway would fail to reach the top ten in 14 out of their next 15 attempts, the exception being Bendik Singers seventh place in 1973.

Before 1985, Norway had only reached the top five in two out of 24 attempts and had finished last six times. In 1985, Bobbysocks gave the country its first victory with the song "La det swinge" (Let It Swing). Norway went on to achieve two more top five results over the next ten years, with both Karoline Krüger in 1988 and Silje Vige in 1993, finishing fifth.

Norway's second victory came in 1995 with Secret Garden's mainly instrumental, Celtic-influenced ethno-piece "Nocturne". In 1996, Elisabeth Andreassen, who had won the contest as one half of Bobbysocks, returned to finish second. In 2003, Jostein Hasselgård was fourth.

Norway won for the third time in 2009, with Alexander Rybak's smash hit "Fairytale". The 2009 winning score of 387 points being the highest ever winning total under the voting system used between 1975 and 2015. It also achieved the biggest ever margin of victory.

In 2012, Norway finished last in the final for the 11th time. Norway has the two dubious distinctions of having finished last in the Eurovision final more than any other country and for having the most "nul points" (zero points) in the contest, failing to score a point four times, in 1963, 1978, 1981 and 1997. Austria has also scored "nul points" four times.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Norway has finished in the top ten seven times. Wig Wam finished ninth with the song "In My Dreams" in 2005, Maria Haukaas Storeng was fifth in 2008 with "Hold On Be Strong", Alexander Rybak won in 2009, Margaret Berger was fourth in 2013 with "I Feed You My Love", Carl Espen finished eighth in 2014 performing "Silent Storm", Mørland & Debrah Scarlett finished eighth in 2015 with "A Monster Like Me", and JOWST featuring Aleksander Walmann finished tenth with the song "Grab the Moment" in 2017. Norway has a total of 11 top five and 23 top ten results in the contest.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1960 Nora Brockstedt Norwegian[lower-alpha 1] "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 "Solhverv" 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
1970 Did not participate
1971 Hanne Krogh Norwegian "Lykken er" 17 65
1972 Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg Norwegian "Småting" 14 73
1973 Bendik Singers English, French[lower-alpha 2] "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[lower-alpha 3] "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 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Elisabeth Andreassen & Jan Werner Danielsen Norwegian "Duett" 6 76 No semi-finals
1995 Secret Garden[lower-alpha 4] Norwegian "Nocturne" 1 148
1996 Elisabeth Andreassen Norwegian "I evighet" 2 114
1997 Tor Endresen Norwegian "San Francisco" 24 0
1998 Lars A. Fredriksen Norwegian "Alltid sommer" 8 79[lower-alpha 5]
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
2002 Did not participate
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[lower-alpha 6] "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 Host country
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" 8 88 6 77
2015 Mørland & Debrah Scarlett English "A Monster Like Me" 8 102 4 123
2016 Agnete English "Icebreaker" Failed to qualify 13 63
2017 JOWST[lower-alpha 7] English "Grab the Moment" 10 158 5 189
2018 Alexander Rybak English "That's How You Write a Song" 15 144 1 266
  1. Although the song was performed in Norwegian, the title and sentence in the lyrics "Voi Voi" is in Northern Sami.
  2. Also contains some lyrics in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Irish, Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian, Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian.
  3. Although the song was performed in Norwegian, the title and sentence in the lyrics "Sámiid ædnan" is in Northern Sami.
  4. "Nocturne" features unaccredited vocals from Norwegian singer Gunnhild Tvinnereim.
  5. Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.
  6. Although the song was performed in English, the title and sentence in the lyrics "Ven a bailar conmigo" is in Spanish.
  7. "Grab the Moment" features unaccredited vocals from Norwegian singer Aleksander Walmann.

Voting history

As of 2018, Norway's voting history is as follows:


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

Other awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

Press Award

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

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
2015 "A Monster Like Me" Kjetil Mørland (m & l) Mørland & Debrah Scarlett 8 102 Vienna


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

Commentators and spokespersons

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
1960Erik DiesenKari Borg Mannsåker
1961Leif RustadMette Janson
1962Odd GrytheKari Borg Mannsåker
1963Øivind JohnsenRoald Øyen
1964Odd GrytheSverre Christophersen
1965Erik Diesen
1966Sverre ChristophersenErik Diesen
1967Erik DiesenSverre Christophersen
1968Roald Øyen
1969Sverre ChristophersenJanka Polanyi
1970No commentatorDid not participate
1971Sverre ChristophersenNo spokesperson
1972Roald Øyen
1973John Andreassen
1974Sverre Christophersen
1976Jo Vestly
1977John Andreassen
1978Bjørn ScheeleEgil Teige
1979Egil TeigeSverre Christophersen
1980Knut AunbuRoald Øyen
1981Sverre Christophersen
1982Bjørn ScheeleErik Diesen
1983Ivar Dyrhaug
1984Roald ØyenEgil Teige
1985Veslemøy KjendsliErik Diesen
1986Knut BjørnsenNina Matheson
1987John Andreassen and Tor PaulsenSverre Christophersen
1988John AndreassenAndreas Diesen
1989Sverre Christophersen
1990Leif Erik Forberg
1991John Andreassen and Jahn Teigen
1992John Andreassen
1993Leif Erik Forberg
1994Jostein Pedersen
1995Annette Groth
1996Jostein PedersenRagnhild Sælthun Fjørtoft
2000Marit Åslein
2001Roald Øyen
2002Did not participate
2003Roald Øyen
2004Ingvild Helljesen
2007Per SundnesSynnøve Svabø
2008Per Sundnes and Hanne HoftunStian Barsnes-Simonsen
2009Synnøve Svabø
2010Olav Viksmo-SlettanAnne Rimmen
2011Nadia Hasnaoui
2014Margrethe Røed
2016Elisabeth Andreassen
2017Marcus & Martinus
2018Aleksander Walmann and JOWST



List of supervisors of Melodi Grand Prix, better known as MGP-general or GP-general in Norway:

See also


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