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|Appearances||54 (46 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975|
|Worst result||Last: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, 2011 (SF)|
The Netherlands was one of the seven countries competing in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. It has missed only four contests so far.
With four victories the Netherlands ranks in the top 10 most successful Eurovision countries. Nevertheless the last victory to date was in 1975 and Dutch songs have had mixed success since, with roughly half of the songs placing in the Top-10 and the other half doing (much) worse. Notable high placings in the 1980s and 1990s were achieved by Bernadette, Marcha, Gerard Joling, Humphrey Campbell, Ruth Jacott and Edsilia Rombley, who all finished in the top ten.
Since the Semi Final and Grand Final system was introduced in 2004, the Netherlands has reached the final on only three occasions, in 2004 with Re-Union, in 2013 with Anouk and in 2014 with The Common Linnets. The latter finished as runner-up to winner Conchita Wurst, giving the country its best result since their last victory. The country had eight consecutive non-qualifiers (up to and including 2012) which is a Eurovision record and is currently ranked 11th in the list of countries with most points awarded through the years.
The country has hosted the Contest four times: in 1958, 1970, 1976 and 1980. The first three times were after winning the previous year, while the 1980 contest was staged in the Netherlands after Israel (who had won in 1979) declined to organise the event for a second consecutive year. For the same reason the Netherlands declined the right to organise the 1960 contest.