Elena Paparizu, the Greek singer, became the winner of the final of the international song contest "Eurovision-2005", which took place in "Palace of Sport" in Kiev on May 21.

The second and the third places were given to the representative of Malta and Romania. Natalia Podolskaya, who represented Russia, took the 15th place only.

Other countries-participants took the following number of votes:

Greece – 230
Malta – 192
Romania – 158
Israel – 154
Latvia – 153
Moldova – 148
Serbia and Montegro - 137
Switzerland – 128
Norway – 125
Denmark – 125
Horvatia – 115
Hungary – 97
Turkey – 92
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 79
Russia – 57
Albania – 53
Macedonia – 52
Cyprus – 46
Sweden – 30
Ukraine – 30
Spain – 28
Great Britain – 18
France – 11
Germany – 4

The president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko was present at "Palace of Sport". He presented to the winner a special prize on behalf of his country – golden breastplate.
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