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The following is a list of languages used in the North Vision Song Contest since its inception in 2013, including songs as performed in the semi-finals and the finals and since the eighth edition, in the pre-qualification rounds.

There is no restriction regarding the language which a song is sung. Any language is allowed for any country. A lot of different languages have been heard throughout the history of the contest. However, most of the songs were performed in English. Also, the winning songs of the contest are mostly in English with only two songs being performed in other language: "Hafdal Ahlam", the winner of the fifth edition for Lebanon and "Zerkala", the winner of the tenth edition for Ukraine.

List of languages

By first appearance

The table below lists all the languages that appeared in the contest in order of their first appearance. Twenty-two of the languages appeared during the first edition already.

Order Language First
app.
Country First performer First song
1 Russian #01 Flag of Belarus Belarus Dmitry Koldun "Nastroysa Na Menya"
2 English #01 Flag of Norway Norway Tone Damli "Smash"
3 Italian #01 Flag of San Marino San Marino Sonohra "Seguimi O Uccidimi"
4 French #01 Flag of France France Leslie & Ivyrise "Je te donne"
5 Bosnian #01 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H Anabella "Igra Istine"
6 Croatian #01 Flag of Croatia Croatia Dino Dvornik "Milina"
7 Greek #01 Flag of Greece Greece Eleni Xatzidou "Xeirotera"
8 Arabic #01 Flag of Morocco Morocco Hakim "Alahabibi"
9 Polish #01 Flag of Poland Poland Gosia Andrzejewicz "Film"
10 Catalan #01 Flag of Spain Spain Xiu Xiu Plàstic "Supernova"
11 Dutch #01 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Beppie Kraft "Laat de zon in dien hart"
12 Romanian #01 Flag of Romania Romania Andreea Balan "Ma Doare Fara Tine"
13 Serbian #01 Flag of Serbia Serbia Nemanja Nikolic "Ko Čeka Taj Dočeka"
14 Estonian #01 Flag of Estonia Estonia Ott Lepland "Süte peal sulanud jää"
15 Albanian #01 Flag of Albania Albania Kejsi Tola "Qiellin Do Ta Prek Me Ty"
16 Montenegrin #01 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Savo Perović "Iznenađenje"
17 Turkish #01 Flag of Turkey Turkey Demet Akalin "Rota"
18 Finnish #01 Flag of Finland Finland Haloo Helsinki! "Vapaus käteen jää"
19 German #01 Flag of Germany Germany Staubkind "Kannst du mich seh'n"
20 Portuguese #01 Flag of Portugal Portugal Diego Faria "Elas Ficam Loucas"
21 Spanish #01 Flag of Andorra Andorra El Sueño De Morfeo "Depende De Ti"
22 Swedish #01 Flag of Sweden Sweden Timoteij "Puls"
23 Hebrew #02 Flag of Israel Israel Meital De Razon & Asi Tal "Toda La Noche"
24 Macedonian #02 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elvir Mekic "Armija"
25 Icelandic #02 Flag of Iceland Iceland Magni Asgeirsson "Ekki Lita Undan"
26 Danish #02 Flag of Denmark Denmark Medina "Kl. 10"
27 Hungarian #02 Flag of Hungary Hungary Lola "Más lettél"
28 Slovak #03 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Kristina "Viem Lebo Viem"
29 Lithuanian #03 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Eglė Jakštytė "Skrendi"
30 Armenian #03 Flag of Armenia Armenia Hasmik & DerHova "Anhnare"
31 Bulgarian #04 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Vessy Boneva "Svurzani"
32 Latvian #04 Flag of Latvia Latvia Rassell feat. Samanta Tīna "Esi man klāt"
33 Slovenian #04 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Sanja Grohar "Ko Sneži"
34 Azeri #04 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Nikki Jamal "Həyacanın Yaşı Yoxdur"
35 Czech #04 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Ewa Farna "Maska (I Need A Hero)"
36 Tajik #05 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Dilnaz "Dil Mebarad Dil
37 Ukrainian #05 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ener.G "Mizh plyusami i minusami"
38 Norwegian #06 Flag of Norway Norway Cir.Cuz feat. Julie Bergan "Supernova"
39 Georgian #07 Flag of Georgia Georgia Sopho Khalvashi "On Adjarian Motives"
40 Kazakh #07 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan KeshYOU "Kazak kyzdary"
41 Yoruba #08 Flag of Algeria Algeria Tiwa Savage "Olorun mi"
42 Elvish #08 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Oonagh "Orome"
43 Lingala #11 Flag of Sweden Sweden Getty Domein "Dance With The Devil"
44 Persian #12 Flag of Sweden Sweden Mahan Moin "Azizami"
45 Swiss German #12 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Bligg "Manhattan"
46 Faroese #14 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Byrta "Grát Ei Eftir Mánanum"
47 Belarusian #15 Flag of Belarus Belarus Milki "Accent"
48 Shona #17 Flag of Monaco Monaco Luyanna feat. Mampi "Walilowelela"
49 Old Irish #17 Flag of Ireland Ireland Celtic Woman feat. Oonagh "Tír na nÓg"
50 Tatar #20 Flag of Russia Russia Bolgar Kyzlary "Gashyyk bulma"
51 Neapolitan #20 Flag of San Marino San Marino Gianluca Capozzi feat. Emiliana Cantone "Luntano se more"

By total of appearances

The table below lists all the forty-seven languages that have appeared at least once in the contest. The English language is the language that appears the most with a total of 421 appearances, with a large margin ahead the second most used language, Russian which has a total of 50 appearances.

Apps. Language
421 English
50 Russian
49 French
30 Arabic
25 Italian
24 Greek
23 Serbian
19 Spanish
18 German
Romanian
17 Croatian
14 Bosnian
Turkish
13 Finnish
Polish
11 Albanian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
10 Armenian
Bulgarian
Estonian
9 Azeri
Portuguese
8 Montenegrin
Slovak
7 Hungarian
6 Czech
Kazakh
Slovenian
5 Danish
Georgian
4 Dutch
Hebrew
Icelandic
3 Latvian
2 Catalan
Norwegian
Swedish
Swiss German
1 Belarusian
Elvish
Faroese
Lingala
Old Irish
Persian
Shona
Tajik
Ukrainian
Yoruba

By country

The table below lists the languages used by each country. Italic indicates that the entry of the edition consisted of more than one language.

Country Language(s) Apps. Edition(s)
Flag of Albania Albania Albanian 11 #01, #02, #03, #06, #07, #09, #11, #12, #13, #14, #18
English 4 #03, #05, #08, #16
Flag of Algeria Algeria Arabic 6 #09, #11, #14, #16, #17
English 4 #08, #09, #13, #18
French 3 #09, #10, #15
Yoruba 1 #08
Flag of Armenia Armenia Armenian 10 #03, #05, #08, #10, #12, #13, #15, #16, #17, #18
English 4 #02, #07, #11, #14
Flag of Andorra Andorra Catalan 1 #17
English 8 #02, #03, #07, #09, #10, #12, #13, #18
French 1 #02
Spanish 9 #01, #04, #05, #06, #08, #11, #14, #15, #16
Flag of Austria Austria English 12 #01, #02, #05, #06, #07, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #17, #18
German 4 #03, #04, #08, #14
French 1 #16
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Azeri 9 #04, #06, #07, #08, #10, #11, #16, #17, #18
English 4 #03, #05, #12, #13
Russian 1 #14
Flag of Belarus Belarus Belarusian 1 #15
English 8 #02, #03, #06, #07, #10, #12, #15, #16
Russian 11 #01, #04, #05, #08, #09, #11, #13, #14, #15, #17, #18
Flag of Belgium Belgium English 14 #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #10, #12, #13, #14, #15, #17, #18
French 2 #01, #12
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H Bosnian 13 #01, #02, #03, #04, #06, #08, #09, #10, #12, #13, #15, #16, #17
English 4 #07, #11, #14, #18
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian 10 #04, #05, #06, #09, #10, #11, #12, #15, #16, #17
English 4 #02, #07, #08, #13
Flag of Croatia Croatia Croatian 16 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #17, #18
English 2 #12, #16
French 1 #12
Russian 1 #12
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus English 5 #01, #03, #05, #10, #16
French 1 #14
Greek 10 #02, #04, #06, #07, #09, #11, #12, #13, #14, #17, #18
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech 6 #04, #07, #11, #13, #14, #18
English 8 #01, #02, #03, #05, #08, #09, #10, #16
Slovak 1 #15
Flag of Denmark Denmark Danish 4 #02, #05, #09, #13
English 14 #01, #03, #04, #06, #07, #08, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Flag of Estonia Estonia English 6 #02, #06, #10, #11, #15, #18
Estonian 10 #01, #03, #04, #05, #07, #09, #13, #14, #16, #17
Finnish 1 #08
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Danish 1 #11
English 6 #10, #13, #15, #16, #17, #18
Faroese 1 #14
Flag of Finland Finland English 6 #02, #03, #06, #10, #12, #15
Finnish 12 #01, #04, #05, #07, #08, #09, #11, #13, #14, #16, #17, #18
Flag of France France English 2 #08, #15
French 16 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #16, #17
Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia English 3 #06, #12, #18
Macedonian 11 #02, #03, #04, #05, #07, #11, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17
Serbian 1 #01
Flag of Georgia Georgia English 6 #03, #04, #05, #06, #15, #17
Georgian 5 #07, #10, #12, #14, #16
Russian 5 #01, #08, #11, #13, #18
Flag of Germany Germany English 8 #04, #06, #09, #10, #12, #15, #17, #18
German 10 #01, #02, #03, #05, #07, #08, #11, #13, #14, #16
Flag of Greece Greece English 7 #05, #06, #09, #10, #12, #14, #15
Greek 12 #01, #02, #03, #04, #06, #07, #08, #11, #12, #13, #17, #18
Flag of Hungary Hungary English 9 #01, #06, #07, #08, #09, #11, #15, #17, #18
Hungarian 7 #02, #03, #04, #10, #12, #13, #14
Flag of Iceland Iceland English 12 #01, #03, #04, #06, #09, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #17, #18
Icelandic 3 #02, #07, #08
Flag of Ireland Ireland English 18 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Old Irish 1 #17
Flag of Israel Israel Arabic 1 #18
English 12 #02, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #15, #16
French 1 #03
Hebrew 4 #02, 11, #13, #14
Spanish 2 #02, #05
Flag of Italy Italy English 6 #03, #04, #05, #06, #12, #18
Italian 12 #01, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan English 5 #09, #10, #12, #13, #14
Kazakh 6 #07, #11, #15, #16, #17, #18
Russian 1 #08
Tajik 1 #05
Flag of Latvia Latvia English 13 #01, #02, #03, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #18
Latvian 3 #04, #05, #17
Russian 1 #15
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Arabic 9 #05, #06, #09, #10, #11, #13, #14, #15, #16
English 4 #08, #11, #12, #17
French 3 #07, #11, #18
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Elvish 1 #08
English 14 #03, #04, #06, #07, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
German 2 #05, #08
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania English 5 #01, #02, #07, #14, #18
Lithuanian 11 #03, #04, #05, #06, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #16, #17
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Dutch 1 #03
English 13 #02, #04, #05, #06, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #15, #16, #18
French 1 #01, #14
German 1 #14
Flag of Malta Malta English 18 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Flag of Moldova Moldova English 8 #02, #04, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12
Italian 1 #13
Romanian 6 #03, #06, #11, #15, #16, #17
Russian 3 #05, #17, #18
Flag of Monaco Monaco English 3 #07, #10, #12
French 12 #01, #04, #05, #06, #08, #09, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16
Shona 1 #17
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Bosnian 1 #14
Croatian 1 #13
English 1 #06
Montenegrin 9 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #08, #10, #16, #18
Serbian 3 #07, #11, #15
Flag of Morocco Morocco Arabic 11 #01, #03, #04, #06, #08, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #17
English 5 #02, #05, #07, #16, #18
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Dutch 3 #01, #03, #17
English 14 #02, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16
Flag of Norway Norway English 16 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Norwegian 2 #06, #13
Flag of Poland Poland English 5 #02, #03, #07, #08, #11
Polish 13 #01, #04, #05, #06, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #16, #17, #18
Flag of Portugal Portugal English 8 #02, #03, #06, #07, #08, #11, #17, #18
French 1 #08
Portuguese 9 #01, #04, #05, #07, #09, #10, #14, #15, #16
Spanish 1 #12
Flag of Romania Romania English 5 #03, #04, #06, #09, #10
Romanian 12 #01, #02, #05, #07, #08, #11, #12, #13, #15, #16, #17, #18
Flag of Russia Russia English 5 #03, #04, #06, #07, #18
French 1 #18
German 1 #18
Russian 14 #01, #02, #05, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Flag of San Marino San Marino English 5 #02, #03, #04, #08, #10
Italian 9 #01, #05, #06, #07, #11, #13, #16, #17, #18
Flag of Serbia Serbia Serbian 18 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia English 10 #02, #06, #08, #10, #11, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17
Slovak 7 #03, #04, #05, #07, #09, #12, #18
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia English 8 #02, #03, #09, #10, #12, #16, #17, #18
Slovenian 6 #04, #05, #06, #07, #13, #15
Flag of Spain Spain Catalan 1 #01
English 6 #02, #05, #07, #09, #13, #16
Spanish 7 #03, #04, #06, #08, #12, #17, #18
Flag of Sweden Sweden English 15 #02, #03, #05, #06, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
French 1 #07
Greek 1 #09
Lingala 1 #11
Persian 1 #12
Swedish 2 #01, #04
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland English 14 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #13, #14, #16, #18
French 2 #11, #17
Italian 2 #15, #17
Swiss German 2 #12, #17
Flag of Turkey Turkey English 3 #04, #07, #08
Turkish 14 #01, #02, #03, #05, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Arabic 4 #10, #12, #13, #15
English 3 #11, #14, #16
French 1 #09
Italian 1 #08
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine English 3 #01, #03, #07, #12
Russian 14 #02, #04, #06, #08, #09, #10, #11, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
Ukrainian 1 #05
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom English 18 #01, #02, #03, #04, #05, #06, #07, #08, #09, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18

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