Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest

This article deals with the history of Portugal as a participant in the Euro Vision Song Contest.

Regularity of participation

Portugal takes regularly part in the competition since 1964. Only to the competitions in 1970, 2000, 2002 and 2013, there was no Portuguese contribution. 1970 was not taken as a protest against the scoring system in part, in 2000 you could due to poor previous placements do not submit a contribution and in 2002 renounced Portugal voluntarily participate. 2013 Portugal renounced because of financial difficulties to participate in the competition.

Success in competition

Until 1970

By 1970, Portugal ended up always in the lower half of the table. Among other things, the land occupied by his ESC 1964 debut one - split - last place and in 1965 one - also shared - last place. Portugal is next to Lithuania is the only country that did not receive a single point on his debut.


During this time the results were average, the best results were two seventh places (1972 and 1980 ) and two ninth places (1971 and 1979).


In the following years, Portugal's results varied greatly. While there was one four times in the Top 10 (1991, 1993, 1994 and 1996) place, but the are five places among the last five (1990, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2003 ) against. Because of the poor placement in 1999 Portugal had to pause in 2000. 2002 was dispensed to participate.

Since 2004

After the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Portugal failed for four years at the finals - this 2007 the narrowest of margins as Elftplatzierter the semi-finals. Since 2008, Portugal, however, failed to qualify for three consecutive years for the Saturday night show. The achieved there placements 13, 15 and 18, however, were again in the Portuguese average. 2013 was dispensed to participate.

List of posts

Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.


The most posts were sung even in times of free voice dialing in the local language Portuguese. Only 2003, 2005 and 2006 arose Portuguese- English mixed versions. 2007 included the chorus lines in French, Spanish and English.


  • Portugal participates since 1964 in the Euro Vision Song Contest, but so far could not win a victory. No other participating country must wait for the big success for so long. The best placement of a Portuguese contribution was a 6th place in 1996.
  • After the break, Portugal 2013 returns in 2014, ie 50 years after the first part, the ESC back. 1964 as in 2014 took place or the ESC in Copenhagen.
  • Apart from Lithuania, Portugal is the only country that did not receive a single point in the debut.

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Redeemed participations or futile efforts: Lebanon | Liechtenstein

  • Portugal at the Euro Vision Song Contest