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Norway joined the Eurovision family in 1960 and has competed in every contest except for two of them: 1970 (boycotted due to the four-way tied result of the previous year) and 2002 (relegation).

From the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, the Bendik Singers and their songwriters dominated Norway's participations; Anne-Karine Strøm making appearances in 1973 and 1974 with the group, and 1976 as a soloist, Ellen Nikolaysen appearing as a backing singer in 1974, and a soloist in 1975, whereas Arne Bendiksen (soloist in 1964) wrote songs for Åse Kleveland, Kirsti Sparboe and Hanne Krogh.

The nation is the ultimate example of being an "under-achiever" in the contest, even moreso than its Nordic neighbor, Finland. Norway has appeared at the bottom of the results table a record 11 times - four of those occasions with the dreaded Nul Points! Ironically, Jahn Teigen's 1978 "nul pointer" became a huge hit and stayed on the Norwegian charts for 20 weeks.

Despite their losing form, Norway has also won the contest 3 times: Bobbysocks! gave the country its first win in 1985, Secret Garden followed 10 years later in 1995, and in 2009, Alexander Rybak's Fairytale shattered the all-time point record and earned 16 sets of 12-point scores.

In the semifinal era, Norway finished in the top 10 five times.  Overall in the contest, they have 11 top 5 finishes and 21 top 10 finishes.

Participants

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
1960 Nora Brockstedt Voi Voi Norwegian 4 11 No Semi Finals
1961 Sommer i Palma 7 10
1962 Inger Jacobsen Kom sol, kom regn 10 2
1963 Anita Thallaug Solvherv 13 0
1964 Arne Bendiksen Spiral 8 6
1965 Kirsti Sparboe Karusell 13 1
1966 Åse Kleveland Intet er nytt under solen 3 15
1967 Kirsti Sparboe Dukkemann 14 2
1968 Odd Børre Stress 13 2
1969 Kirsti Sparboe Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli 16 1
1970 Did not participate
1971 Hanne Krogh Lykken er Norwegian 17 65 No Semi Finals
1972 Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg Småting 14 73
1973 Bendik Singers It's Just A Game English, French 7 89
1974 Anne-Karine Strøm & Bendik Singers The First Day of Love English 14 3
1975 Ellen Nikolaysen Touch My Life (With Summer) 18 11
1976 Anne-Karine Strøm Mata Hari 18 7
1977 Anita Skorgan Casanova Norwegian 14 18
1978 Jahn Teigen Mil Etter Mil 20 0
1979 Anita Skorgan Oliver 11 57
1980 Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta Sámiid Ædnan 16 15
1981 Finn Kalvik Aldri i livet 20 0
1982 Anita Skorgan & Jahn Teigen Adieu 12 40
1983 Jahn Teigen Do Re Mi 9 53
1984 Dollie de Luxe Lenge leve livet 17 29
1985 Bobbysocks! La Det Swinge 1 123
1986 Ketil Stokkan Romeo 12 44
1987 Kate Gulbrandsen Mitt liv 9 65
1988 Karoline Krüger For vår jord 5 88
1989 Britt Synnøve Venners nærhet 17 30
1990 Ketil Stokkan Brandenburger Tor 21 8
1991 Just 4 Fun Mrs. Thompson 17 14
1992 Merethe Trøan Visjoner 18 23
1993 Silje Vige Alle mine tankar 5 120 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Bettan Andreassen & Jan Werner Danielsen Duett 6 76 No Semi Finals
1995 Secret Garden Nocturne 1 148
1996 Bettan Andreassen I Evighet 2 114 Host of 1996
1997 Tor Endresen San Francisco 24 0 No Semi Finals
1998 Lars Fredriksen Alltid Sommer 7 81
1999 Stig Van Eijk Living My Life Without You English 14 35
2000 Charmed My Heart Goes Boom 11 57
2001 Haldor Lægreid On My Own 22 3
2002 Relegated from participation
2003 Jostein Hasselgård I'm Not Afraid To Move On English 4 123 No Semi Final
2004 Knut Anders Sørum High 24 3 Top 11 in 2003
2005 Wig Wam In My Dreams 9 125 6 164
2006 Christine Guldbrandsen Alvedansen Norwegian 14 36 Top 11 in 2005
2007 Guri Schanke Ven a bailar conmigo English, Spanish -- -- 18 48
2008 Maria Haukaas Storeng Hold On Be Strong English 5 182 4 106
2009 Alexander Rybak Fairytale 1 387 1 201
2010 Didrik Solli-Tangen My Heart Is Yours 20 35 Host of 2010
2011 Stella Mwangi Haba Haba English, Swahili -- -- 17 30
2012 Tooji Stay English 26 7 10 45
2013 Margaret Berger I Feed You My Love 4 191 3 120
2014 Carl Espen Silent Storm 8 88 6 77
2015 Mørland & Debrah A Monster Like Me 8 102 4 123
2016 Agnete Icebreaker -- -- 13 63
2017 Jowst ft. Aleksander Grab the Moment 10 158 5 189
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