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List of countries in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Participation since 2003: G – Entered at least once, Y – Never entered, although eligible to do so, R – Entry intended, but later withdrew, GC – Competed as a part of another country, but never as a sovereign state[c]

Junior Eurovision Winners Map showing each country’s number of Junior Eurovision Song Contest wins

Forty countries have participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since it started in 2003. Of these, ten have won the contest. The contest, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is held annually between the members of the Union. Broadcasters from different countries submit songs to the event, and cast votes to determine the most popular in the competition.Participation in the contest is primarily open to all active member broadcasters of the EBU. To be an active member, broadcasters must be a member of the European Broadcasting Union, or be in a Council of Europe member country.[1] Eligibility to participate is not determined by geographic inclusion within the continent of Europe, despite the “Euro” in “Eurovision” — nor does it have a direct connection with the European Union. Several countries geographically outside the boundaries of Europe have competed: Cyprus, Armenia and Israel, in Western Asia, since 2003, 2007 and 2012 respectively; and Australia making a debut in the 2015 contest. In addition, several transcontinental countries with only part of their territory in Europe have competed: Russia, since 2005; Georgia, since 2007; Azerbaijan, since 2012; and Kazakhstan, which made its first appearance in the 2018 edition. Australia, where the contest has been broadcast since 2003, debuted as a participant in the 2015 edition.Both Belarus and the Netherlands entered the contest each year, whereas Switzerland have only entered on one occasion, in 2004. Three countries, Slovakia, Monaco and Bosnia and Herzegovina, have attempted to enter the contest but withdrew before making a debut.

Participants. The following table lists the countries that have participated in the contest at least once. Shading indicates countries that have withdrawn from the contest.Switzerland participated in the contest once, in 2004. France, who also took part that year, returned to the contest in 2018. Denmark, the host country of the first contest in 2003, has not been at the contest since 2005, along with Norway and the United Kingdom, who also participated in 2003. Poland withdrew after the 2004 contest, due to placing last in both 2003 and 2004, but returned in 2016. Croatia, the first winner of the contest, returned to the contest in 2014 after nine years out of the contest. However, the country placed last and withdrew again.Serbia and Montenegro participated once in 2005, but dissolved in 2006. Serbia competed independently from the 2006 contest onwards. Montenegro made their debut as an independent nation in 2014.The original Scandinavian broadcasters left the contest in 2006 because they found the treatment of the contestants unethical, and revived the MGP Nordic competition, which had not been produced since the Junior Eurovision Song Contest began. Sweden, however, returned to the contest the following year with a new broadcaster, TV4. TV4 did not participate in 2008, but returned in 2009.] SVT returned to the contest in 2010, after TV4 withdrew earlier that year. Sweden’s most recent participation was in 2014.

Table key. Grey – Inactive – Countries who have participated in the past but did not participate in the most recent contest. Pink – Former – Former countries that have been dissolved.

Country Debut year Latest entry Entries Wins Broadcaster(s)
 Albania 2012 2019 6 0 RTSH
 Armenia 2007 2019 13 1 ARMTV
 Australia 2015 2019 5 0
  • SBS (2015–2016)
  • ABC (2017–2019)
 Azerbaijan 2012 2018 3 0 İTV
 Belarus 2003 2019 17 2 BTRC
 Belgium 2003 2012 10 0
  • VRT (Dutch)
  • RTBF (French)[a]
 Bulgaria 2007 2016 6 0 BNT
 Croatia 2003 2014 5 1 HRT
 Cyprus 2003 2017 9 0 CyBC
 Denmark 2003 2005 3 0 DR
 France 2004 2019 3 0 France Télévisions
 Georgia 2007 2019 13 3 GPB
 Greece 2003 2008 6 0 ERT
 Ireland 2015 2019 5 0 TG4
 Israel 2012 2018 3 0
  • IBA (2012, 2016)
  • IPBC (2018–)
 Italy 2014 2019 6 1 RAI
 Kazakhstan 2018 2019 2 0 Khabar Agency
 Latvia 2003 2011 5 0 LTV
 Lithuania 2007 2011 4 0 LRT
 Malta 2003 2019 15 2 PBS
 Moldova 2010 2013 4 0 TRM
 Montenegro 2014 2015 2 0 RTCG
 Netherlands 2003 2019 17 1
  • AVRO (2003–2013)
  • AVROTROS (2014–)
 North Macedonia[a] 2003 2019 15 0 MKRTV
 Norway 2003 2005 3 0 NRK
 Poland 2003 2019 6 2 TVP
 Portugal 2006 2019 5 0 RTP
 Romania 2003 2009 7 0 TVR
 Russia 2005 2019 15 2 RTR
 San Marino 2013 2015 3 0 SMRTV
 Serbia 2006 2019 11 0 RTS
 Serbia and Montenegro 2005 2005 1 0 UJRT
 Slovenia 2014 2015 2 0 RTVSLO
 Spain 2003 2019 5 1 TVE
 Sweden 2003 2014 11 0
  • SVT (2003–2005, 2010–2014)
  • TV4 (2006–2007, 2009)[b]
  Switzerland 2004 2004 1 0 SF DRS
 Ukraine 2006 2019 14 1 UA:PBC
 United Kingdom 2003 2005 3 0 ITV (UKIB)
 Wales 2018 2019 2 0 S4C (UKIB)

Other EBU members. The following list of countries are eligible to participate in the contest, but have never done so.

  •  Algeria – ENTV, ENRS, TDA
  •  Andorra – RTVA
  •  Austria – ORF
  •  Czech Republic – ČR, ČT
  •  Egypt – ERTU
  •  Estonia – ERR
  •  Finland – Yle
  •  Hungary – MTVA
  •  Iceland – RÚV
  •  Jordan – JRTV
  •  Lebanon – TL
  •  Libya – LNC
  •  Luxembourg – CLT, ERSL
  •  Morocco – SNRT
  •  Scotland – BBC Alba
  •  Tunisia – ERTT
  •  Turkey – TRT
  •   Vatican City – RV

Participating countries in the decades. The tables list the participating countries in each decade since the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in 2003.Sixteen countries participated in the first contest. Since then, the number of entries has fluctuated, peaking at twenty in 2018 and dropping to a low of twelve in 2012 and 2013.

Table key
Debutant The country made its debut during the decade.
Winner The country won the contest.
Second place The country was ranked second.
Third place The country was ranked third.
Remaining places The country placed from fourth to second last.
Last place The country was ranked last.
Disqualified or withdrawn The country was to participate in the contest, but was disqualified or withdrew.
Undetermined The country has confirmed participation for the next contest, however, the contest has yet to take place.
Grey No entry The country did not enter the contest.



Unsuccessful attempts to participate. There have been a few unsuccessful attempts to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. For broadcasters to participate, they must be a member of the EBU and register their intention to compete before the deadline specified in the rules of that year’s event. Each participating broadcaster pays a fee towards the organisation of the contest. Should a country withdraw from the contest after the deadline, they will still need to pay these fees, and may also incur a fine or temporary ban.

Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the nineteen countries which applied to enter the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007. As there was a maximum number of eighteen countries permitted to perform, Georgia, the nineteenth country to apply, was unable to participate. However, on 21 June 2007, it was announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina had withdrawn from the contest, enabling Georgia to enter the contest. Once again in 2008, Bosnia and Herzegovina applied to make its debut at the contest along with Azerbaijan and Israel, but all three countries withdrew before the contest took place. Prior to 2007, Bosnia and Herzegovina had broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest once in 2006. The contest was also broadcast live in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 and 2011, BHRT organised a delayed broadcast of the contest.

Monaco. Monaco and Monegasque broadcaster TMC expressed an interest in participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005, however, plans did not come to fruition due to scheduling problems and harsh citizenship laws and thus they did not participate. They had stated an interest again to take part in Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006, however at the end they did not take part in the contest.

Slovakia. On 21 November 2002, Slovakia was drawn as one of the countries to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003, to be represented by Slovenská televízia (STV). However, Slovakia later announced that they would withdraw from the contest. On 7 June 2019, according to Eurovision blog Eurofestivales, press spokesperson Erika Rusnáková for Slovak broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) stated that they were evaluating and supervising the possibility of debuting at the 2019 contest. However, on 10 June 2019, RTVS confirmed that they would not debut in the 2019 contest.

Broadcast in non-participating countries.

Country Broadcaster(s) Year(s)
 Andorra Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra (RTVA) 2006
 Argentina Radio WU 2014
 Estonia Eesti Televisioon (ETV) 2003–2004
 Finland Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) 2003
 Kosovo Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) 2003, 2013
 New Zealand World FM 2014–2016
 Singapore Music Radio 2014–2016
 United States KCGW-LP 2014, 2016
KLZY 2016
WUSB 2015
WXDR-LP 2014


  1. a b Until 2018 participated as F.Y.R. Macedonia.
  2. a VRT and RTBF alternated responsibilities for the contest between 2003 and 2006. From 2006 until their withdrawal VRT was Belgium’s sole representative.
  3. b SVT was responsible for the representation of Sweden from 2003 to 2005. TV4 took over upon SVT’s withdrawal in 2006, and competed until 2009. SVT returned to the contest in 2010.
  4. c Kosovo has never participated in the contest. However, at the time of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005, Kosovo was a province of Serbia, which itself was a constituent republic of participating country Serbia and Montenegro.