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A record-breaking 204 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the 2015 viewing figures by over 5 million.The contest took place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, following Sweden's victory at the 2015 contest in Vienna with the song "Heroes", performed by Måns Zelmerlöw.

The winner of the contest was Ukraine with the song "1944", written and performed by Jamala.

This was Ukraine's second win and its first since 2004.

Twenty-six countries competed in the final, which was the first to be broadcast on live television in the United States.

The Czech Republic managed to qualify for the final for the first time in five attempts since its debut in 2007, while both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time ever, the latter being absent from the final for the first time since 2000.

This was the third time the contest had taken place in Stockholm, after 19.

The contest was held at the Ericsson Globe and consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May and the final on , with all three live shows hosted by Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede.

As the new voting system gives equal weight to jury and televoting results, a national jury result cannot be used as backup result for the televoting or vice versa.

Therefore, if a country cannot deliver a valid televoting/jury result, a substitute result is calculated by the jury/televoting result of a pre-selected group of countries approved by the contest's Reference Group.

SVT proposed a change of start time of the contest from CEST to CEST on 9 September, arguing that such a change would help to promote family viewing of the contest, especially in eastern Europe when it would run late into the night.

The EBU announced on 23 September that rather than using clips from their respective music videos, extended clips from the dress rehearsals of the six acts who qualified directly to the final (the "Big Five" and Sweden) would be shown as previews during the semi-final in which they were allocated to vote.

The Ericsson Globe has a capacity of approximately 16,000 attendees, and this was the second time the contest has been staged at the venue, after the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.

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