The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) has released the list of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest participating countries today. A total of 43 countries will compete in Stockholm.
43 countries will compete in the 2 semi-finals scheduled to be held on 10 and 12 May. A total of 26 countries will compete in the grand final on 14 May. The BIG 5 countries (Spain, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany)+ host country (Sweden) are automatically qualified to compete in the grand final. Hence 20/37 countries will proceed from the semi-finals to the grand final and join the BIG 5 and Sweden.
[Albania],Albania, [Armenia],Armenia, [Australia],Australia
[Austria], Austria, [Azerbaijan], Azerbaijan,[Belarus],Belarus
[Belgium],Belgium, [Bosnia Herzegovina], Bosnia Herzegovina,[Bulgaria], Bulgaria
[Croatia], Croatia,[Cyprus], Cyprus,[Czech Republic],Czech Republic
[Denmark],Denmark, [Estonia],Estonia, [Finland],Finland
[FYR Macedonia],FYR Macedonia, [Georgia],Georgia, [Greece],Greece
[Hungary], Hungary, [Iceland],Iceland, [Ireland],Ireland
[Israel], Israel, [Latvia],Latvia, [Lithuania],Lithuania
[Malta],Malta, [Moldova],Moldova, [Montenegro],Montenegro
[Norway],Norway, [Poland],Poland, [Romania],Romania
[Russia],Russia, [San Marino], San Marino, [Serbia],Serbia
[Slovenia],Slovenia, [Switzerland],Switzerland, [The Netherlands],The Netherlands
Finalists (Big 5 +Host country)
[France],France,[Germany],Germany, [Italy], Italy
[Spain],Spain, [Sweden], Sweden, [United Kingdom], United Kingdom
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 10, 12 and 14 May at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.