Croatia: 20 years in Eurovision

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The early years

Croatia had already participated at the Eurovision Song Contest as part Yugoslavia in ten occassions: 1963, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972 and from 1986 till 1990. Croatian artists such as Tereza, Doris Dragović, Novi Fosili or Tajči obtained some of the best results. Furthermore, the only victory for Yugoslavia was attained by the Croatian band Riva in 1989 with Rock me.

Ever since Croatia began competing in the Eurovision Song Contest, the country has never missed any edition until now. After the introduction of the semi-finals Croatia has made it through to the final in five occasions (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009) and has failed to do so five times too (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). The country has never won the Contest and it achieved its best result, a fourth position, twice: in 1996 with Maja Blagdan singing Sveta Ljubav, and in 1999 with Doris Dragović’s Marija Magdalena. A fifth place was reached by Danijela’s Neka mi ne svane in 1998, and this entry was included in the 50th Anniversary Eurovision compilation after an online voting.

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