After months of discussion and speculation, it’s now official that 43 countries will participate in Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm next year. This matches the record number of countries we saw back in 2011 and 2008.
Countries at Eurovision 2016
In addition to 39 of the 40 countries that took part in Vienna, 2016 will see the return of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Croatia. As all of you Iberian Eurofans already know, Portugal withdrew from next year’s contest. The special 60th anniversary guest Australia will be back for the second time.
The biggest surprise might be Croatia, who last took part in 2013. This is also the first time since 2012 that all the Balkan countries are in the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose latest entry is from 2012, will send Dalal Midhat-Talakic, Deen and Ana Rucner to Sweden.