Said today the European Broadcasting Union, announcing the final list of participating countries.
Among them, returning at last year's contest Italy, Hungary and Austria. Participate in "Eurovision-2012" will be and Montenegro, which was not represented at the competition the last three years.
In addition, the list of countries that take part in "Eurovision-2012", includes Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Ireland, Spain, Iceland, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia.
Thus, the number of participants of "Eurovision-2012" exceeded the 40 countries, repeated records in 2008 and 2011, ITAR-TASS reported.
distribution of countries in the semi-finals will be held January 25 in Baku. On the top ten contestants from each group will participate in the finals on May 26. According to the rules of the contest, the finals will also automatically pass country-hostess (Azerbaijan) and four countries in the "Big Four" (UK, Germany, Spain and France).