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Portugal joined the Eurovision family in 1964 and held the record for the most appearances in the Eurovision Song Contest without a win until 2017 when Salvador Sobral lifted the trophy in Kyiv.

Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, (RTP), is responsible for organising the Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest and uses Festival da Canção as its national selection. Over the years the format has changed to include semi-finals as well as different voting combinations.

Portugal is the most westerly country in mainland Europe and has only missed 5 contests since joining Eurovision; 1970, 2000, 2002, 2013 and 2016. In 2008, Portugal won the Marcel Bezençon Press Award with Vânia Fernandes and the song Senhora do mar (Negras águas). In 2017 Salvador Sobral won the Marcel Bezençon Artistic Award and the Marcel Bezençon Composer Award with his song Amar Pelos Dois.

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon following Salvador Sobral's victory in the 2017 competition.

Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Liverpool 2023
TBC
Turin 2022
Saudade, Saudade
Semi-Final
4th - 208 points
Grand Final
9th - 207 points
Rotterdam 2021
Love Is On My Side
Semi-Final
4th - 239 points
Grand Final
12th - 153 points
Rotterdam 2020
Medo De Sentir
Tel Aviv 2019
Telemóveis
Semi-Final
15th - 51 points
Lisbon 2018
O Jardim
Grand Final
26th - 39 points
Kyiv 2017
Amar Pelos Dois
Semi-Final
1st - 370 points
Grand Final
1st - 758 points
Vienna 2015
Há Um Mar Que Nos Separa
Semi-Final
14th - 19 points
Copenhagen 2014
Quero Ser Tua
Semi-Final
11th - 39 points
Baku 2012
Vida Minha
Semi-Final
13th - 39 points
Düsseldorf 2011
Luta É Alegria
Semi-Final
18th - 22 points
Oslo 2010
Há Dias Assim
Semi-Final
4th - 89 points
Grand Final
18th - 43 points
Moscow 2009
Todas As Ruas Do Amor
Semi-Final
8th - 70 points
Grand Final
15th - 57 points
Belgrade 2008
Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas)
Semi-Final
2nd - 120 points
Grand Final
13th - 69 points
Helsinki 2007
Dança Comigo (vem Ser Feliz)
Semi-Final
11th - 88 points
Athens 2006
Coisas De Nada
Semi-Final
19th - 26 points
Kyiv 2005
2B
Amar
Semi-Final
17th - 51 points
Istanbul 2004
Foi Magia
Semi-Final
15th - 38 points
Riga 2003
Deixa-me Sonhar
Grand Final
22nd - 13 points
Copenhagen 2001
MTM
Só Sei Ser Feliz Assim
Grand Final
17th - 18 points
Jerusalem 1999
Como Tudo Começou
Grand Final
21st - 12 points
Birmingham 1998
Se Eu Te Pudesse Abraçar
Grand Final
12th - 36 points
Dublin 1997
Antes Do Adeus
Grand Final
24th - 0 points
Oslo 1996
O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor
Grand Final
6th - 92 points
Dublin 1995
Baunilha E Chocolate
Grand Final
21st - 5 points
Dublin 1994
Chamar A Música
Grand Final
8th - 73 points
Millstreet 1993
A Cidade Até Ser Dia
Grand Final
10th - 60 points
Malmö 1992
Amor D'água Fresca
Grand Final
17th - 26 points
Rome 1991
Lusitana Paixão
Grand Final
8th - 62 points
Zagreb 1990
Há Sempre Alguém
Grand Final
20th - 9 points
Lausanne 1989
Conquistador
Grand Final
16th - 39 points
Dublin 1988
Voltarei
Grand Final
18th - 5 points
Brussels 1987
Neste Barco à Vela
Grand Final
18th - 15 points
Bergen 1986
Não Sejas Mau Para Mim
Grand Final
14th - 28 points
Gothenburg 1985
Penso Em Ti, Eu Sei
Grand Final
18th - 9 points
Luxembourg 1984
Silêncio E Tanta Gente
Grand Final
11th - 38 points
Munich 1983
Esta Balada Que Te Dou
Grand Final
13th - 33 points
Harrogate 1982
Bem-bom
Grand Final
13th - 32 points
Dublin 1981
Play-back
Grand Final
18th - 9 points
The Hague 1980
Um Grande, Grande Amor
Grand Final
7th - 71 points
Jerusalem 1979
Sobe, Sobe, Balão Sobe
Grand Final
9th - 64 points
Paris 1978
Dai-li-dou
Grand Final
17th - 5 points
London 1977
Portugal No Coração
Grand Final
14th - 18 points
The Hague 1976
Uma Flor De Verde Pinho
Grand Final
12th - 24 points
Stockholm 1975
Madrugada
Grand Final
16th - 16 points
Brighton 1974
E Depois Do Adeus
Grand Final
14th - 3 points
Luxembourg 1973
Tourada
Grand Final
10th - 80 points
Edinburgh 1972
A Festa Da Vida
Grand Final
7th - 90 points
Dublin 1971
Menina Do Alto Da Serra
Grand Final
9th - 83 points
Madrid 1969
Desfolhada Portuguesa
Grand Final
15th - 4 points
London 1968
Verão
Grand Final
11th - 5 points
Vienna 1967
O Vento Mudou
Grand Final
12th - 3 points
Luxembourg 1966
Ele E Ela
Grand Final
13th - 6 points
Naples 1965
Sol De Inverno
Grand Final
13th - 1 point
Copenhagen 1964
Oração
Grand Final
13th - 0 points