SVT24 will for a fourth year provide sign language coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest live from Lisbon, Portugal.
SVT24 will be broadcasting both semi-finals and the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 live with sign language coverage. Sweden has been providing sign language coverage of the competition for a number of years, as part of a obligation by the Swedish Government for 4% of content to be available with sign language translations. This follows on from the channel broadcasting Melodifestivalen live with sign language for the first time this year.
In recent years a number of countries have broadcast their national selections as well as the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with sign language. The following countries have broadcast the contest with sign language:
- Austria – ORF 2 (2016)
- Denmark – DR Ramasjang (2014, 2015, 2016)
- Lithuania – LRT Kultura (2016)
- Norway – NRK Tegnspråk (2016, 2017)
- Sweden – SVT24 (2016)
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.