Swedish dating rules
The two markings are shown below, the International to the left, and Century to the right.
From 1975 a further modification was made to the mark, as in Figure III, with another adjustment soon after to Figure IV.
The experiment was a success and from 1998 all countries were encouraged to use televoting wherever possible.The mark was modified to that shown in Figure II, with D to the left representing 1953, and the B to the right identifying the Birmingham Proof House. Thus the year codes have hitherto been understood to be 1950 - A; 1951 - B; 1952 - C; 1953 - D; 1954 - E; 1955 - F; 1956 - G; 1957 - H; 1958 - J; and so on through to 1974 - Z; ................we also believed that Q was then used in this series for 1965.The first Contest was held on , when seven nations participated.With a live orchestra, the norm in the early years, and simple sing-along songs on every radio station, the Contest grew into a true pan-European tradition., was sung in English, the EBU set very strict rules on the language in which the songs could be performed. Song writers across Europe soon tagged onto the notion that success would only come if the judges could understand the content, resulting in such entries as The voting systems used in the Contest have changed throughout the years. Voters award a set of points from 1 to 8, then 10 and finally 12 to songs from other countries — with the favourite being awarded the now famous .