The Eurovision Song Contest 1986 was the 31st edition held on 3 May 1986 at the Grieghalle in Bergen, Norway by way of Bobbysocks!' win in Gothenburg the previous year. It was hosted by Åse Kleveland, who, like Lill Lindfors before her, represented her country at the 1966 contest.
Iceland made its debut, while Yugoslavia and the Netherlands returned after a year away. Italy and Greece withdrew.
Several milestones were reached in this edition: the 500th song was performed by Sherisse Laurence representing Luxembourg. It also launched the career of interval act performer Sissel Kyrkjebø, who would later go on to perform at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and lend her voice to the soundtrack of the hit movie Titanic.
After finishing last the previous year, Belgium emerged as the winner with the song J'aime La Vie performed by Sandra Kim. At only 13 years old, Sandra became the youngest ever Eurovision winner, a record that under the current rules of the contest and with the creation of Junior Eurovision, will never be broken.
|01||Luxembourg||Sherisse Laurence||L'amour de ma vie||French||The love of my life||3||117|
|02||Yugoslavia||Doris Dragović||Željo moja||Croatian||My Desire||11||49|
|05||United Kingdom||Ryder||Runner in the Night||English||--||7||72|
|06||Iceland||ICY||Gleðibankinn||Icelandic||The bank of fun||16||19|
|07||The Netherlands||Frizzle Sizzle||Alles heeft ritme||Dutch||Everything has rhythm||13||40|
|08||Turkey||Klips ve Onlar||Halley||Turkish||--||9||53|
|10||Switzerland||Daniela Simmons||Pas pour moi||French||Not for me||2||140|
|11||Israel||Moti Giladi and Sarai Tzuriel||Yavo Yom||Hebrew||A day will come||19||7|
|12||Ireland||Luv Bug||You Can Count On Me||English||--||4||96|
|13||Belgium||Sandra Kim||J'aime La Vie||French||I love life||1||176|
|14||Germany||Ingrid Peters||Über die Brücke geh'n||German||Crossing the bridge||8||62|
|15||Cyprus||Elpida||Tora Zo||Greek||Now I live||20||4|
|16||Austria||Timna Brauer||Die Zeit ist einsam||German||Time is lonely||18||12|
|17||Sweden||Lasse Holm and Monica Törnell||E' de' det här du kallar kärlek?||Swedish||Is this what you call love?||5||78|
|18||Denmark||Lise Haavik||Du er fuld af løgn||Danish||You are full of lies||6||77|
|19||Finland||Kari Kuivalainen||Never The End||Finnish||--||15||22|
|20||Portugal||Dora||Não sejas mau para mim||Portuguese||Don't be bad to me||14||28|