Confirmed: 43 countries participate in Eurovision 2016
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In comparison with the edition of 2015 times Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Bulgaria & all back to the game, after respectively one, three, three and two year absence. As previously announced Australia take part again next year, but now in one of the semifinals.
These are the 43 participating countries:
Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, & Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, (FYR) Macedonia, Malta, Moldavia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic Belarus
The EBU says active discussions to have had with the Turkish TRT to return from that country, but to no avail. However, EBU supervisor Jon Ola Sand of course positive on the matching of the participant record: ‘ We have gone to great lengths to as many countries as possible, and this figure is evidence of this. That all these countries and cultures come together, despite the challenges facing Europe and the world today, shows the power of music and the lasting appeal of the song contest . ‘
The 61st Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Tuesday 10, 12 and 14 May next year in Stockholm, Sweden. Ticket sales start today.