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The Netherlands entered the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The Netherlands has won the Eurovision Song Contest 5 times in total: 2 times in the 1950s, 1 time in the 1970s, 1 time, shared with 3 other countries, in 1969 and most recently in 2019.

The Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1957 and won again in 1959, setting an early record of 2 victories in the first 4 years. After a record-setting 1950s, the new decade didn’t bring much success to the Dutch entries and, in fact, they came last 3 times until Lenny Kuhr finished as 1 of the 4 winners of the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest. De Troubadour was a folk-inspired ballad about the impact music had on the audiences in the Middle Ages.

ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest so we moved to Stockholm where the Netherlands were drawn to open the competition with the up-tempo Ding-A-Dong from the group Teach-In. The song won the contest, the first time that the show’s opener became the winner and one that put the Netherlands again at the leaderboard with 4 victories, tying with France at the time, who eventually overtook the Netherlands when they won for the fifth time in 1977.

In 1980, Dutch television stepped in to host the Eurovision Song Contest after Israel declined to stage the contest for the second year in a row. From 2005 to 2012, the Netherlands didn’t qualify for a single Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, the Dutch fortunes in the Eurovision Song Contest have changed in recent years with notable results of Anouk who took the country to 9th place in the Grand Final in 2013 and The Common Linnets who were the runner-up in the 2014 Grand Final.

In 2019, Duncan Laurence changed the game by bringing the trophy home to the Netherlands after the country missed out on first place for 44 long years. Duncan received 492 points for his winning song Arcade.

Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Liverpool 2023
Turin 2022
De Diepte
Semi-Final
2nd - 221 points
Grand Final
11th - 171 points
Rotterdam 2021
Birth Of A New Age
Grand Final
23rd - 11 points
Rotterdam 2020
Grow
Tel Aviv 2019
Arcade
Semi-Final
1st - 280 points
Grand Final
1st - 498 points
Lisbon 2018
Outlaw In 'Em
Semi-Final
7th - 174 points
Grand Final
18th - 121 points
Kyiv 2017
Lights and Shadows
Semi-Final
4th - 200 points
Grand Final
11th - 150 points
Stockholm 2016
Slow Down
Semi-Final
5th - 197 points
Grand Final
11th - 153 points
Vienna 2015
Walk Along
Semi-Final
14th - 33 points
Copenhagen 2014
Calm After The Storm
Semi-Final
1st - 150 points
Grand Final
2nd - 238 points
Malmö 2013
Birds
Semi-Final
6th - 75 points
Grand Final
9th - 114 points
Baku 2012
You And Me
Semi-Final
15th - 35 points
Düsseldorf 2011
Never Alone
Semi-Final
19th - 13 points
Oslo 2010
Ik Ben Verliefd (Sha-la-lie)
Semi-Final
14th - 29 points
Moscow 2009
Shine
Semi-Final
17th - 11 points
Belgrade 2008
Your Heart Belongs To Me
Semi-Final
13th - 27 points
Helsinki 2007
On Top Of The World
Semi-Final
21st - 38 points
Athens 2006
Amambanda
Semi-Final
20th - 22 points
Kyiv 2005
My Impossible Dream
Semi-Final
14th - 53 points
Istanbul 2004
Without You
Semi-Final
6th - 146 points
Grand Final
20th - 11 points
Riga 2003
One More Night
Grand Final
13th - 45 points
Copenhagen 2001
Out On My Own
Grand Final
18th - 16 points
Stockholm 2000
No Goodbyes
Grand Final
13th - 40 points
Jerusalem 1999
One Good Reason
Grand Final
8th - 71 points
Birmingham 1998
Hemel En Aarde
Grand Final
4th - 150 points
Dublin 1997
Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd
Grand Final
22nd - 5 points
Oslo 1996
De Eerste Keer
Grand Final
7th - 78 points
Dublin 1994
Waar Is De Zon
Grand Final
23rd - 4 points
Millstreet 1993
Vrede
Grand Final
6th - 92 points
Malmö 1992
Wijs Me De Weg
Grand Final
9th - 67 points
Zagreb 1990
Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen
Grand Final
15th - 25 points
Lausanne 1989
Blijf Zoals Je Bent
Grand Final
15th - 45 points
Dublin 1988
Shangri-la
Grand Final
9th - 70 points
Brussels 1987
Rechtop In De Wind
Grand Final
5th - 83 points
Bergen 1986
Alles Heeft Ritme
Grand Final
13th - 40 points
Luxembourg 1984
Ik Hou Van Jou
Grand Final
13th - 34 points
Munich 1983
Sing Me A Song
Grand Final
7th - 66 points
Harrogate 1982
Jij En Ik
Grand Final
16th - 8 points
Dublin 1981
Het Is Een Wonder
Grand Final
9th - 51 points
The Hague 1980
Amsterdam
Grand Final
5th - 93 points
Jerusalem 1979
Colorado
Grand Final
12th - 51 points
Paris 1978
't Is Ok
Grand Final
13th - 37 points
London 1977
De Mallemolen
Grand Final
12th - 35 points
The Hague 1976
The Party's Over Now
Grand Final
9th - 56 points
Stockholm 1975
Ding-A-Dong
Grand Final
1st - 152 points
Brighton 1974
I See A Star
Grand Final
3rd - 15 points
Luxembourg 1973
De Oude Muzikant
Grand Final
14th - 69 points
Edinburgh 1972
Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat
Grand Final
4th - 106 points
Dublin 1971
De Tijd
Grand Final
6th - 85 points
Amsterdam 1970
Waterman
Grand Final
7th - 7 points
Madrid 1969
De Troubadour
Grand Final
1st - 18 points
London 1968
Morgen
Grand Final
16th - 1 point
Vienna 1967
Ring-dinge
Grand Final
14th - 2 points
Luxembourg 1966
Fernando En Philippo
Grand Final
15th - 2 points
Naples 1965
Het Is Genoeg
Grand Final
11th - 5 points
Copenhagen 1964
Jij Bent Mijn Leven
Grand Final
10th - 2 points
London 1963
Een Speeldoos
Grand Final
13th - 0 points
Luxembourg 1962
Katinka
Grand Final
13th - 0 points
Cannes 1961
Wat Een Dag
Grand Final
10th - 6 points
London 1960
Wat Een Geluk
Grand Final
12th - 2 points
Cannes 1959
Een Beetje
Grand Final
1st - 21 points
Hilversum 1958
Heel De Wereld
Grand Final
9th - 1 point
Frankfurt 1957
Net Als Toen
Grand Final
1st - 31 points
Lugano 1956
Voorgoed Voorbij
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points
Lugano 1956
De Vogels Van Holland
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points