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List of Miss Universe countries

This is a list of countries that have participated in the Miss Universe pageant.

Entrants 1952–present

Country
/
Territory
Debut Participations Years
competed
National
title
Placements Best placement First placed Last placed Notes
 Albania 2002 15 2002–2003
2005–2012
2014–present
Miss Universe Albania 3 Top 10 2002 2010 Won Miss Photogenic in 2016.
 Angola 1998 21 1998–present Miss Angola 4 Winner 2003
  • Ana José Sebastião
    (Top 15)
2011 Won Miss Congeniality in 2015.
 Argentina 1954 60 1954–1964,
1966–1994,
1996–2001,
2003,
2006-present
Miss Argentina 16 Winner 1954
  • Ivana Olga Kislinger
    (Top 16)
2014
 Armenia 2018 1 2018–present Miss Armenia 0
 Aruba 1964 51 1964–1984
1986
1989–1990
1992–present
Miss Aruba 2 1st runner-up 1974
  • Maureen Ava Vieira
    (4th runner-up)
1996
  • Taryn Mansell
    (1st runner-up)
Won Miss Congeniality in 2000; Miss Press in 1978.
 Australia 1952 55 1952–1954
1958
1964–1965
1968–1990
1992–2000
2002–present
Miss Universe Australia 18 Winner 1953
  • Maxine Morgan
    (4th runner-up)
2015 Won Miss Congeniality in 1996, 1997, 2010; Miss Photogenic in 1989; Best in Swimsuit in 1969, 1993; Miss Popular Girl in Parade in 1958.
 Austria 1953 44 1953
1957
1959–1990
1992–1993
1999
2004
2013–present
Miss Austria 7 1st runner-up
  • Eva Maria Düringer
    (1977)
1953
  • Lore Felger
    (Top 16)
1977
  • Eva Maria Düringer
    (1st runner-up)
 Bahamas 1963 54 1963–1972
1974–1983
1985–present
Miss Universe Bahamas 0 Won Miss Photogenic in 1982; Miss Congeniality in 1981, 2001.
 Barbados 1976 16 1976–1979
1984–1987
1999
2003–2005
2007
2016–present
Miss Universe Barbados 0
 Belgium 1952 64 1952–1986
1988–1989
1991–1994
1996–present
Miss Belgium 10 4th runner-up
  • Dominique Van Eeckhoudt
    (1981)
1955
  • Nicole De Meyer
    (Top 15)
2015 Won Miss Congeniality in 1952; Miss Photogenic in 1972; Most Beautiful Hair in 1994.
 Belize 1975 28 1975
1977–1987
1989–1991
1993
1995–2000
2003–2005
2007
2016
2018-present
Miss Belize 1 Top 12
  • Sarita Diana Acosta
    (1979)
1979
  • Sarita Diana Acosta
    (Top 12)
1979
  • Sarita Diana Acosta
    (Top 12)
 Bolivia 1959 60 1959–present Miss Bolivia 3 Top 6
  • Rosario Rico Toro
    (1990)
1964
  • Olga del Carpio
    (Top 15)
2006 Won Best in National Costume in 1970.
 Brazil 1954 64 1954–1989
1991–present
Miss Universo Brasil 36 Winner 1954 2017 Won Best in National Costume in 1967, 1981, 1987, 1989; Best in Swimsuit in 1969; Miss Popular Girl in Parade in 1954.
 British Virgin Islands 1977 34 1977
1979–2002
2010–present
Miss British Virgin Islands 0
 Bulgaria 1991 24 1991–1998
2000–2007
2009
2012–present
Miss Universe Bulgaria 0
 Cambodia 2017 2 2017–present Miss Cambodia 0
 Canada 1952 67 1952–present Miss Universe Canada 18 Winner 1953
  • Thelma Elizabeth Brewis
    (Top 16)
2017 Won Miss Popular Girl in Parade in 1957; Miss Congeniality in 1977.
 Cayman Islands 1980 29 1980–1985
1989–1996
1999–2004
2006
2008–2009
2011–2012
2015–present
Miss Cayman Islands 0 Won Miss Congeniality in 1980, 1982.
 Chile 1952 55 1952,
1954–1956,
1958,
1960–1961,
1964,
1966–1970,
1972–2002,
2004–2006,
2011–present
Miss Universo Chile 13 Winner 1954
  • Gloria Leguisos Mesina
    (Top 16)
2004 Won Miss Popular Girl in Parade in 1952; Miss Congeniality in 1973.
 China 2002 17 2002–present Miss Universe China 4 2nd runner-up 2002
  • Zhuo Ling
    (2nd runner-up)
2017
  • Roxette Qiu
    (Top 16)
Won Miss Congeniality in 2007, 2009, 2013; Best in National Costume in 2012.
 Colombia 1958 61 1958–present Miss Colombia 34 Winner 1958 2017 Won Best in National Costume in 1968, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1997, 2002; Best in Swimsuit in 1969; Miss Photogenic in 1975, 1987.
 Costa Rica 1954 64 1954–1960
1962–present
Miss Costa Rica 4 Top 10 1954
  • Marían Esquivel McKeown
    (Top 15)
2013 Won Miss Photogenic in 1978; Miss Congeniality in 1956.
 Croatia 1997 22 1997–present Miss Universe Croatia 3 Top 15/16 2009
  • Sarah Ćosić
    (Top 15)
2017
 Curaçao 1963 51 1963–1978
1980–1987
1989
1991–1999
2001–2005
2007–2017
Miss Curaçao 5 1st runner-up 1968 2015 Won Miss Congeniality in 1966; Best in Swimsuit in 1997.
 Czech Republic 1993 25 1993
1995–present
Czech Miss 6 Top 10 1993
  • Pavlina Barbuková
    (Top 10)
2010
 Denmark 1952 49 1952–1953
1958–1961
1963–1970
1972–1973
1975–1990
1992–1996
2000
2004–2008
2010–2013
2015–2016
Face of Denmark 8 1st runner-up 1953
  • Jytte Olsen
    (Top 15)
2007
  • Zaklina Sojic
    (Top 15)
Won Miss Photogenic in 1981.
 Dominican Republic 1956 57 1956
1962–1965
1967–present
Miss Dominican Republic 9 Winner 1977
  • Blanca Sardiñas
    (Top 12)
2015 Won Best in National Costume in 2003; Miss Congeniality in 1962.
 Ecuador 1955 61 1955–1966
1968–1972
1975–present
Miss Ecuador 3 2nd runner-up 1981
  • Lucía Vinueza Urjelles
    (Top 12)
2013 Won Miss Photogenic in 1992.
 Egypt 1987 26 1987–1990
1992
1994–2011
2014
2017–present
Miss Egypt 0 Co-Won Miss Congeniality in 2017.
 El Salvador 1954 46 1954–1955
1972–1979
1982–2015
2017–present
Reinado de El Salvador 4 1st runner-up
  • Maribel Arrieta
    (1955)
1955
  • Maribel Arrieta
    (1st runner-up)
1996
  • Milena Mayorga
    (Top 10)
Won Miss Followed by Media in 1985; Miss Congeniality in 1955, 2008.
 Ethiopia 2004 9 2004–2006
2009
2012–2014
2017-present
Miss Universe Ethiopia 1 Top 20 2006
  • Dina Fekadu
    (Top 20)
2006
  • Dina Fekadu
    (Top 20)
 Finland 1952 63 1952–1955
1960–present
Miss Finland 18 Winner 1952 1996
  • Lola Odusoga
    (2nd runner-up)
Won Miss Photogenic in 1974; Best in Swimsuit in 1969.
 France 1952 67 1952–present Miss France 19 Winner 1953 2016
 Gabon 2012 4 2012–2015 Miss Gabon 0
 Georgia 2004 14 2004–2012
2014–present
Miss Georgia 0
 Germany 1952 67 1952–present Miss Universe Germany 21 Winner 1952 2002 Won Miss Photogenic in 1956, 1957.
 Ghana 1991 20 1991
1993
1996
1998–2002
2004
2006
2008–2015
2017-present
Miss Universe Ghana 2 Top 10 1999
  • Akuba Cudjoe
    (Top 10)
2017
  • Ruth Quashie
    (Top 16)
Won Miss Congeniality in 1993, 2006.
 Great Britain 1952 22 1952
1991–1996
1998–2000
2005–2006
2009–present
Miss Universe Great Britain 2 Top 10 2013 2017 Competed as Great Britain in 1952; as England from 1955 to 1962 and then again from 1964 to 1990, as Scotland from 1961 to 1986 and then again from 1988 to 1990 and as Wales from 1961 to 1990; competed together again as United Kingdom in 1991; as Great Britain from 1992 to 2000; as United Kingdom for the second time in 2005; shortened to UK in 2008 and once again as Great Britain from 2009.
 Greece 1952 64 1952–1987
1989–2015
2018–present
Star Hellas 18 Winner 1952
  • Ntaizy Mavraki
    (2nd runner-up)
2005 Won Miss Photogenic in 1967; Miss Congeniality in 1954, 1961.
 Guam 1966 42 1966–1995
1998
2000
2008–2014
2016-present
Miss Guam 2 1st runner-up
  • Patty Chong Kerkos
    (1982)
1970
  • Hilary Ann Best
    (Top 15)
1982
  • Patty Chong Kerkos
    (1st runner-up)
Won Miss Congeniality in 1970, 1985, 1986, 1988; Miss Press in 1982.
 Guatemala 1955 49 1955–1959
1961
1975–1976
1978–present
Miss Guatemala 3 Top 10 1955
  • Maria del Rosário Chacón
    (Top 15)
2010 Won Best in National Costume in 1975; Miss Congeniality in 2012.
 Guyana 1956 23 1956
1958
1963–1966
1999
2002–2007
2009–present
Miss Guyana 0 Competed as British Guiana until 1966.
 Haiti 1962 15 1962
1968
1975
1977
1985
1989
2010–present
Miss Haiti 3 1st runner- up 1962 2016
 Honduras 1954 47 1954–1955
1967–1974
1976–1990
1992–1994
1996–2002
2007–present
Miss Honduras 1 Top 15
  • Pastora Pagán
    (1955)
1955
  • Pastora Pagán
    (Top 15)
1955
  • Pastora Pagán
    (Top 15)
Won Miss Congeniality in 1987: Francia Tatiana Reyes
 Hungary 1992 24 1992–2016
Miss Universe Hungary 3 Top 10 2006 2012
 Iceland 1956 44 1956–1957
1959–1972
1974–1986
1988–1997
2006
2009
2016–present
Miss Universe Iceland 5 1st runner-up
  • Anna Geirsdóttir
    (1962)
1959
  • Sigríður Þorvaldsdóttir
    (Top 15)
2009
  • Ingibjörg Egilsdóttir
    (Top 15)
Won Miss Congeniality and Miss Unity (Miss Amity) in 1974.
 India 1952 55 1952
1964–1987
1989–present
Miss Diva 22 Winner 1966 2014 Won Best in National Costume in 1978, 1980, 1984; Best in Swimsuit in 2000.
 Indonesia 1974 22 1974–1977
1980
1982–1983
1995–1996
2005–present
Puteri Indonesia 5 Top 16/15/13 2005 2016 Won Best in National Costume in 2014, Miss Phoenix Smile in 2016
 Iraq 1972 3 1972
2017–present
Miss Iraq 0
 Ireland 1961 55 1961–2006
2008–2012
2014–2015
2017-present
Miss Universe Ireland 9 2nd runner-up
  • Marlene McKeown
    (1963)
  • Roberta Brown
    (1983)
1963
  • Marlene McKeown
    (2nd runner-up)
2017 Won Miss Photogenic in 1963, 1991.
 Israel 1952 66 1952
1954–present
Miss Israel 20 Winner 1956
  • Sara Tal
    (Top 16)
2005 Won Best in National Costume in 1963, 1966.
 Italy 1952 65 1952–1991
1993–2005
2007–present
Miss Universo Italia 16 1st runner-up 1954
  • Maria Teresa Paliani
    (Top 16)
2014 Won Miss Photogenic in 1960, 1964, 1986; Miss Congeniality in 2004.
 Jamaica 1961 46 1961
1963–1966
1968–1975
1986–present
Miss Jamaica Universe 7 1st runner-up 1989
  • Sandra Foster
    (Top 10)
2017
 Japan 1952 65 1952–1995
1998–present
Miss Universe Japan 19 Winner 1953
  • Kinuko Ito
    (2nd runner-up)
2015 Won Best in National Costume in 2006,2017 ; Miss Congeniality in 1958, 1968, 1979.
 Kazakhstan 2006 10 2006–2008
2010–2011
2013–2014
2016–present
Miss Kazakhstan 0
 Kenya 1987 8 1987
1992
1995
2002
2004–2005
2014
2016
Miss Universe Kenya 1 Top 6
  • Mary Esther Were
    (2016)
2016
  • Mary Esther Were
    (Top 6)
2016
  • Mary Esther Were
    (Top 6)
 Korea 1954 64 1954–1955
1957–present
Miss Universe Korea 8 1st runner-up 1959
  • Oh Hyun-ju
    (Top 15)
2007 Won Best in National Costume in 1974, 1977, 1983, 2001; Most Popular Girl in Parade in 1959; Miss Congeniality in 2016.
 Kosovo 2008 10 2008–2012
2014–2016
2018-present
Miss Universe Kosovo 4 2nd runner-up 2008 2012 Won Miss Photogenic in 2012.
 Kyrgyzstan 2018 1 2018–present Miss Kyrgyzstan 0
 Laos 2017 2 2017-present Miss Universe Laos 0
 Lebanon 1955 41 1955
1960–1962
1966
1968
1970–1971
1973–1975
1977–1978
1983–1988
1991–1993
1996–2001
2004–2007
2009–2015
2017-present
Miss Lebanon 3 Winner 1962
  • Nouhad El Cabbabe
    (Top 15)
1973
  • Marcelle Herro
    (Top 12)
 Malaysia 1962 56 1962
1964–present
Miss Universe Malaysia 1 Top 15
  • Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Ling
    (1970)
1970
  • Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Ling
    (Top 15)
1970
  • Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Ling
    (Top 15)
Competed as Malaya in 1962
 Malta 1968 37 1968–2001
2016–present
Miss Universe Malta 0
 Mauritius 1975 31 1975–1977
1979
1989–1995
1997–2000
2002–2003
2005–present
Miss Estrella Mauritius 0
 Mexico 1952 60 1952–1959
1965
1967–present
Mexicana Universal 19 Winner 1952
  • Olga Llorens Pérez
    (Top 10)
2016 Won Best in National Costume in 1971, 2000; Best Style in 1998, 2000.
 Mongolia 2018 1 2018–present Miss Mongolia 0
 Montenegro 2007 6 2007–2009
2011–2012
2015
Miss Montenegro 0 Won Miss Congeniality in 2011.
 Myanmar 1959 9 1959–1961
2013–present
Miss Universe Myanmar 0 Previously competed as Burma until 1961. Won Best in National Costume in 2016.
 Namibia 1981 24 1981–1984
1991–2000
2002–2003
2005–2006
2009
2012–2013
2016–present
Miss Namibia 2 Winner 1992 2003
  • Ndapewa Alfons
    (Top 10)
Won Miss Congeniality in 1994.
   Nepal 2017 2 2017–present Miss Nepal 0
 Netherlands 1956 58 1956
1958–1996
1998
2000–2005
2008–present
Miss Nederland 13 Winner 1958 2014 Competed as Holland until it was renamed to Netherlands in 1991. Won Best in National Costume in 1964; Miss Photogenic in 1958, 1985.
 New Zealand 1954 54 1954
1960
1962–1989
1992–2001
2003
2006–present
Miss Universe New Zealand 5 Winner 1962
  • Leslie Margaret Nichols
    (Top 15)
1992
  • Lisa Maree de Montalk
    (Top 10)
Won Miss Photogenic in 1969, 1980, 2015.
 Nicaragua 1955 39 1955
1963
1968–1971
1973–1978
1991–1999
2001–present
Miss Nicaragua 3 Top 10 1977
  • Beatriz Obregón Lacayo
    (Top 12)
2013 Won Best in National Costume in 2013.
 Nigeria 1964 31 1964
1987–1995
1998-present
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 1 Top 10 2001 2001 Won Miss Congeniality in 1995 & 2014.
 Norway 1952 60 1952–1955
1958–1973
1976–1996
1998
2000–2010
2012–present
Miss Norway 17 Winner 1953
  • Synnøve Gulbrandsen
    (Top 16)
2005
  • Helene Tråsavik
    (Top 15)
Won Best in National Costume in 1993.
 Panama 1952 52 1952–1954
1964–1967
1970–1971
1973–1987
1991–present
Señorita Panamá 9 1st runner-up
(Winner)
1953 2016 Won Best in National Costume in 1986, 2004, 2009, 2011.

Co-won Miss Congeniality in 2017.

 Paraguay 1957 56 1957–1958
1960–1967
1970
1972–2001
2004–present
Miss Paraguay 4 3rd runner-up 1964
  • Miriam Riart Brugada
    (Top 15)
2006 Won Best in National Costume in 1992.
 Peru 1952 63 1952–1954
1956–1972
1975–present
Miss Peru 18 Winner 1953
  • Mary Ann Sarmiento
    (Top 16)
2016 Won Best Hair in 1995; Best in Swimsuit in 1969; Best National Costume in 1972, 1976, 1982; Miss Congeniality in 1971.
 Philippines 1952 63 1952–1957
1962–present
Binibining Pilipinas 22 Winner 1954
  • Blesilda Ocampo
    (Top 16)
2017 Won Best in National Costume in 1994;
Miss Photogenic in 1971, 1973, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007; Best Style in 1999, 2005; Top 10 Best in Swimsuit in 1969; Won Best in Online Votes in 2013; Most Beautiful Hair in 1994. Won Clariol Herbal Essence Award in 1999. Miss Phoenix Smile Award. Philippines has the most Miss Photogenic wins.
 Poland 1958 35 1958–1959
1984–1986
1989-present
Miss Polonia 5 3rd runner-up
  • Brygida Bziukiewicz
    (1986)
  • Joanna Gapińska
    (1989)
1958
  • Alicja Bobrowska
    (4th runner-up)
2012 Won Miss Photogenic in 2013.
 Portugal 1960 39 1960
1962
1965
1970–1974
1979
1981–2002
2010-2011
2014–present
Miss República Portuguesa 1 Top 10 2011 2011 Won Best in Online Votes in 2011; Miss Congeniality in 1999.
 Puerto Rico 1952 64 1952–1957
1961–present
Miss Universe Puerto Rico 20 Winner 1970 2013 Won Miss Photogenic in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2014; Miss Congeniality in 1957; Best in Swimsuit in 2001.
 Romania 1991 16 1991–1998
2009–2013
2016–present
Miss Universe Romania 0
 Russia 1994 25 1994–present Miss Russia 8 Winner

(dethroned/resigned)

1996
  • Ilmira Shamsutdinova
    (Top 6)
2012 Won Best in National Costume in 1996; Best in Swimsuit in 2002.
Miss Russia 2002 was the original winner of Miss Universe 2002, but was later dethroned for failure to fulfill her duties as Miss Universe. She stated she voluntarily resigned the title.
 Saint Lucia 1977 8 1977
2006–2007
2011–2012
2014
2017–present
Miss St. Lucia 0
 Serbia 2007 8 2007–2015 Miss Serbia 0
 Sierra Leone 2016 1 2016 Miss Universe Sierra Leone 0
 Singapore 1954 56 1954
1958
1962
1966–present
Miss Singapore Universe 2 Top 10/12
  • Kathie Lee Lee Beng
    (1983)
  • Marion Nicole Teo
    (1987)
1983
  • Kathie Lee Lee Beng
    (Top 10)
1987
  • Marion Nicole Teo
    (Top 10)
 Slovak Republic 1994 24 1994–present Miss Universe Slovenskej Republiky 1 Top 6
  • Silvia Lakatošová
    (1994)
1994
  • Silvia Lakatošová
    (Top 6)
1994
  • Silvia Lakatošová
    (Top 6)
Won Miss Photogenic in 1998.
 Slovenia 2001 16 2001–2011
2013–2014
2016–present
Miss Universe Slovenia 1 Top 15 2007
  • Tjaša Kokalj
    (Top 15)
2007
  • Tjaša Kokalj
    (Top 15)
 South Africa 1952 44 1952–1953
1960–1968
1975–1979
1981–1984
1995–present
Miss South Africa 22 Winner 1952
  • Catherine Higgins
    (Top 10)
2017 South Africa was not allowed to participate between 1985 and 1994 because of apartheid.
 Spain 1960 59 1960–present Miss Spain 18 Winner 1960
  • María Teresa del Río
    (4th runner-up)
2017 Won Best in National Costume in 1973, 1995; Miss Congeniality in 1966; Miss Photogenic in 1984, 1993, 2000; Best in Swimsuit in 1999.
 Sri Lanka 1955 46 1955
1957
1961–1966
1968–1970
1973–1983
1985–1996
2005–2006
2008
2010–2014
2016–present
Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2 2nd runner-up 1955 2017
  • Christina Peiris
    (Top 16)
Competed as Ceylon until it was renamed Sri Lanka in 1974.
 Sweden 1952 64 1952–2004
2006
2009–present
Miss Universe Sweden 29 Winner 1952 2009 Miss Photogenic in 1966, 1995, 2011.
Sweden dropped out from the Miss Universe for the first time in 2005 after arguments about the swimsuit competition.
  Switzerland 1953 55 1953
1960–1984
1986–1990
1992–2014
2016
Miss Universe Switzerland 12 2nd runner-up 1960
  • Elaine Maurath
    (Top 15)
2013 Won Miss Photogenic in 1983.
 Tanzania 2007 12 2007–present Miss Universe Tanzania 1 Top 10 2007 2007
 Thailand 1954 54 1954
1959
1965–1966
1968–1969
1971–present
Miss Universe Thailand 10 Winner 1965 2017 Won Best in National Costume in 1969, 1988, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2015; Miss Photogenic in 1990, 2009, 2010; Miss Congeniality in 1959
 Trinidad and Tobago 1963 45 1963–1964
1966
1971
1973–1991
1993–2006
2008
2010–2014
2017–present
Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago 8 Winner 1977 2006
  • Kenisha Thom
    (Top 10)
Won Best in National Costume in 1998, 1999; Miss Photogenic in 1977; Miss Congeniality in 1975, 1976, 1978.
Competed as Trinidad in 1963 and 1964.
 Turkey 1952 59 1952–1953
1956–1957
1959
1961–1976
1978–1984
1986–1999
2001–2006
2008–present
Miss Turkey 3 Top 10 1953
  • Ayten Akyol
    (Top 16)
2012 Won Miss Congeniality in 1998.
 Ukraine 1995 24 1995–present Miss Ukraine Universe 6 1st runner-up 2006 2014
 Uruguay 1952 64 1952–1965
1967–2002
2004–2012
2014–present
Miss Uruguay 6 4th runner-up 1952
  • Gladys Rubio Fajardo
    (Top 16)
1985
  • Andrea López
    (4th runner-up)
Won Best in National Costume in 1979.
 United States 1952 66 1952–1956
1958–present
Miss USA 61 Winner 1952 2017 Won Best in National Costume in 1965; Best in Swimsuit in 1995; Miss Photogenic in 1961, 1975; Most Popular Girl in Parade in 1953, 1956.
In 1957 Mary Leona Gage was disqualified to discover that she was the mother of two children.
 US Virgin Islands 1961 40 1961–1962
1967–1968
1971–1989
1991–1993
1995
1997–1999
2001–2002
2005–2007
2010–2011
2016–present
Miss US Virgin Islands 1 Top 12
  • Cherrie Raphaelia Creque
    (1971)
1971
  • Cherrie Raphaelia Creque
    (Top 12)
1971
  • Cherrie Raphaelia Creque
    (Top 12)
Won Miss Congeniality in 1991, 2002, 2005.
Competed as Virgin Islands until 1978.
 Venezuela 1952 65 1952–1953
1955–1958
1960–present
Miss Venezuela 42 Winner 1955 2017 Miss Flawless of the Universe in 2016, Miss Phoenix Elegant in 2016
 Vietnam 2004 11 2004–2005
2008–2009
2011–2013
2015–present
Miss Universe Vietnam 1 Top 15 2008 2008
 Zambia 1995 9 1995, 1999,
2005–2007,
2009–2010
2017–present
Miss Universe Zambia 0

Replaced pageants

The following list consists of the delegations that have acquired the national Miss Universe franchise and replaced a former national pageant. Some of the former organizations still remain active for other purposes.

Country/Territory Former pageant(s) New pageant Franchise since
 Albania Miss Albania (2002–2005) Miss Universe Albania 2006
 Argentina Miss Argentina (1952–2003) Miss Universo Argentina 2006
 Australia Miss Australia (1952–2000) Miss Universe Australia 2004
 Bahamas Miss Bahamas (1963–2015) Miss Universe Bahamas 2016
 Brazil Miss Brasil (1954–2011) Miss Universo Brasil 2012
 Bulgaria Miss Bulgaria (1991–2009)
Miss Universe Bulgaria (2009-2011)
Miss National Team Bulgaria 2012
 Canada Miss Canada (1952–2001) Miss Universe Canada 2002
 Czech Republic Miss Czech Republic (1993–2004) Czech Miss 2005
 Denmark Frøken Danmark (1952–2013)
Miss Universe Denmark (2013–2015)
Face of Denmark 2015
 El Salvador Miss El Salvador (1954–2005)
Nuestra Belleza El Salvador (2006-2016)
Reinado de El Salvador 2017
 Finland Suomen Neito (1952–1960) Miss Finland 1961
 Germany Miss Germany (1952–2008) Miss Universe Germany 2009
 Ghana Miss Ghana (1991–1998) Miss Universe Ghana 1999
 Guyana Miss Guyana (1956–1999) Miss Universe Guyana 2002
 Haiti Miss Haiti Universe (1960–1989) Miss Haiti 2010
 Iceland Miss Iceland (1956–2009) Miss Universe Iceland 2016
 India Femina Miss India (1952–2009)
I Am She (2010–2012)
Miss Diva 2013
 Ireland Miss Ireland (1961–2001) Miss Universe Ireland 2002
 Italy Miss Italy (1952–1999)
Italian Miss (2000–2003)
Miss Universo Italia 2004
 Japan Miss Japan (1952–1997) Miss Universe Japan 1998
 Kenya Miss Kenya (1987–2002) Miss Universe Kenya 2004
Korea Miss Korea (1954–2015) Miss Universe Korea 2016
 Malaysia Miss Malaysia (1962–2009) Miss Universe Malaysia 2010
 Malta Miss Malta (1968–2001) Miss Universe Malta 2016
 Mexico Señorita México (1952–1993)
Nuestra Belleza México (1994-2016)
Mexicana Universal 2017
 Netherlands Miss Holland (1956–1990)
Miss Universe Netherlands (1991–2008)
Miss Nederland 2009
 New Zealand Miss New Zealand (1954–2003) Miss Universe New Zealand 2006
 Norway Frøken Norge (1952–2010) Miss Norway 2012
 Paraguay Miss Paraguay (1957–2001) Nuestra Belleza Paraguay 2004
 Philippines Miss Philippines (1952–1963) Binibining Pilipinas 1964
 Portugal Miss Portugal (1960–2011) Miss República Portuguesa 2014
 Puerto Rico Miss Puerto Rico (1952–2008) Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2009
 Romania Miss Romania (1991–1998) Miss Universe Romania 2009
 Slovak Republic Miss Slovensko (1994–1998) Miss Slovenskej Republiky 1999
 South Africa Miss Republic of South Africa (1952–1997) Miss South Africa 1998
 Sweden Fröken Sverige (1952–2004) Miss Universe Sweden 2009
  Switzerland Miss Switzerland (1953–2013) Miss Universe Switzerland 2014
 Thailand Miss Thailand (1954, 1965–1973, 1984–1999)
Miss Thailand Universe (1974–1983)
Miss Universe Thailand 2000
 Ukraine Miss Ukraine (1995–2005) Miss Ukraine Universe 2006
 US Virgin Islands Miss Virgin Islands (1961–1978)
Miss US Virgin Islands (1979-2015)
Miss Universe-US Virgin Islands 2016

Inactive entrants

Former entities

Country Debut Years competed Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 Commonwealth of Independent States 1992 1992 Regional organization composed of former Soviet Republics during the breakup of the Soviet Union.
 Czechoslovakia 1970 1970
1990–1992
Top 15/10
  • Kristina Hanazalová (1970)
  • Jana Hronková (1990)
1990
  • Jana Hronková
    (Top 10)
Split into Czech Republic and Slovak Republic in 1993.
 Okinawa 1963 1963–1968 Under US administration from 1945 until 1972, now part of Japan.
 Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1961 1961 Split into Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
 Serbia and Montenegro 2003 2003–2006 3rd runner-up 2003 In June 2006, split into Montenegro and Serbia after declaring their independence from each other and joined the pageant independently a year later. Kosovo, a disputed territory by Serbia, joined in 2008.
 Soviet Union 1990 1990–1991 2nd runner-up 1991 Split into Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
 West Indies Federation 1954 1954–1955
1958
Competed as Kingston, Jamaica in 1954, and as Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1955 and 1958.
 Yugoslavia 1968 1968–1970
1974–1977
1984–1985
1991
1998–2002
Top 15/10
  • Daliborka Stojšić (1968)
  • Nataša Kosir (1969)
  • Natasha Pavlovich (1991)
1991
  • 'Natasha Pavlovich
    (Top 10)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was dissolved in April 1992. Former member states Croatia, and Slovenia joined the pageant in 1997 and 2001, respectively. The new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia competed until 2002, when it was renamed Serbia & Montenegro.

Territories

China

Region area Debut Years competed Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 Hong Kong 1952 1952
1954
1960
1962
1964–1965
1967–1970
1972–1991
1993–2000
2nd runner-up 1988
  • Pauline Yeung
    (4th runner-up)
No representative since 2000

Denmark

Constituent country Debut Years competed Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 Greenland 1987 1987–1990

France

Overseas region Debut Years competed Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 French Guiana 1977 1977
1983–1984
Now competes as Miss France
 Guadeloupe 1977 1977
1980–1984
 Martinique 1957 1957
1981–1984
 New Caledonia 1982 1982
Réunion 1977 1977–1986
 St. Martin 2000 2000
2006
 Tahiti 1962 1962
1977–1981
1985
Top 12
  • Thilda Raina Fuller
    (1980)
  • Tatiana Teraiamano
    (1981)
1981
  • Tatiana Teraiamano
    (Top 12)

South Africa

Bantustan Debut Years competed Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 Bophuthatswana 1979 1979 Internationally unrecognized "independent" Bantustans established by South African apartheid; reintegrated into South Africa in 1994.
 Transkei 1979 1979
1981–1983

Great Britain

Part country Debut Years competed Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 England 1955 1955–1962
1964–1990
1st runner-up
  • Brenda Blackler
    (1964)
1983
  • Karen Moore
    (4th runner-up)
Formerly United Kingdom/Great Britain
 Scotland 1961 1961–1986
1988–1990
1st runner-up
  • Linda Gallagher
    (1980)
1980
  • Linda Gallagher
    (1st runner-up)
 Wales 1961 1961–1990 1st runner-up 1979
  • Janet Beverly Hobson
    (Top 12)

United States

Territory Debut Years competed Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 Alaska 1952 1952–1958 Top 15
  • Martha Lehmann
    (1957)
1957
  • Martha Lehmann
    (Top 15)
Competing at the Miss USA pageant 1959–present.
 Hawaii 1952 1952–1953
1957–1959
1st runner-up
  • Elza Kananionapua Edsman (1952)
1958
  • Geri Hoo
    (2nd runner-up)
Competing at the Miss USA pageant 1960–present.

Others

The following list consists of countries and territories that have not sent a delegate to the pageant since 2014, or no longer holds the Miss Universe franchise, but participated at least once in the past:

State Debut Years competed National Title Entrants Best placement Last placed Notes
 American Samoa 1975 1975–1978 Miss American Samoa
 Antigua & Barbuda 1977 1977
1979
2001–2008
Miss Antigua & Barbuda Competed as Antigua in 1977 and 1979.
Won Miss Congeniality in 2003.
 Azerbaijan 2013 2013 Miss Azerbaijan
 Bermuda 1965 1965–1985
1988–1992
1997
Miss Bermuda 1st runner-up 1979
 Bonaire 1967 1967–1969
1978
1995–1999
Miss Bonaire
 Botswana 1999 1999–2001
2004
2010–2013
Miss Universe Botswana Winner 1999
 Chinese Taipei 1961 1961–1962
1964
1988–1992
1994–2001
2003–2004
3rd runner-up 1964
  • Lana Yi Yu
    (4th runner-up)
Competed as Republic of China until 1991, China/Taiwan in 1992, Taiwan (R.O.C.) from 1994 to 1999, Chinese Taipei in 2000 and 2004, Taiwan in 2001 and Chinese Taipei/Taiwan in 2003.[1]
 Cook Islands 1983 1983–1986
1991–1992
1994–1996
1999
Miss Cook Islands
 Côte d'Ivoire 1986 1986 Miss Cote d'Ivoire
 Cuba 1952 1952
1954–1963
1965–1967
Miss Cuba 3rd runner-up
  • Maria Rosa Gamio
    (1957)
1957
  • Maria Rosa Gamio
    (3rd runner-up)
 Cyprus 1973 1973–1974
1981
1983–1987
1992–2012
Miss Cyprus
2002
  • Demetra Eleftheriou
    (Top 10)
2002
  • Demetra Eleftheriou
    (Top 10)
 Dahomey 1962 1962 Miss Bénin Now known as Benin.
 Dominica 1985 1985 Miss Dominica
 Estonia 1993 1993–2004
2006–2009
2011–2013
Miss Estonia Top 10
  • Kristiina Heinmets
    (1997)
  • Evelyn Mikomägi
    (2000)
1997
  • Kristiina Heinmets
    (Top 10)
 Fiji 1979 1979
1981
Miss Fiji
 Gambia 1983 1983–1986 Miss Gambia Won Miss Congeniality in 1983.
 Gibraltar 1981 1981
1983–1986
1988–1990
Miss Gibraltar Won Miss Congeniality in 1984.
 Grenada 1964 1964 Miss Grenada World
 Jordan 1960 1960 Miss Jordan Contest banned due to uproar among citizens.
 Latvia 2005 2005–2006 Miss Universe Latvia Top 10 2005
 Lesotho 1978 1978 Face of Lesotho
 Liberia 1974 1974–1977 Miss Liberia
 Lithuania 2012 2012–2014 Miss Lithuania
 Luxembourg 1959 1959–1976
1984–1986
1988–1989
1991–1994
Miss Luxembourg
 Madagascar 1961 1961 Miss Madagascar
 Micronesia 1975 1975 Miss Micronesia
 Morocco 1957 1957
1960–1963
1966
1975
1978
Miss Maroc Top 15
  • Jacqueline Bonilla
    (1957)
1957
  • Jacqueline Bonilla
    (Top 15)
 New Hebrides 1978 1978 Miss Vanuatu Now known as Vanuatu.
 Northern Marianas 1976 1976–1999
2001–2002
2006
Miss Marianas
 Papua New Guinea 1976 1976–1980
1982–1986
Miss Papua New Guinea
 Senegal 1974 1974
1985
1987
Miss Senegal
 Seychelles 1995 1995 Miss Seychelles
 St. Kitts & Nevis 1977 1977
1979
1981
Miss St. Kitts & Nevis
 Sint Maarten 1976 1976–1977
1980
1982
Miss St. Maarten
 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1964 1964
1978–1979
1989–1991
2004
2006
Miss SVG Competed as St. Vincent until 1979.
 Suriname 1958 1958
1960
1963–1964
1966
1969–1974
1976–1979
1982
1989–1993
1999
Miss Suriname Top 15
  • Gertrud Gummels
    (1958)
1958
  • Gertrud Gummels
    (Top 15)
Competed as Surinam until 1982.
 Swaziland 1993 1993–1994 Miss Swaziland
 Tunisia 1960 1960
1964–1965
1968–1971
Miss Tunisie Won Miss Congeniality in 1969.
 Turks & Caicos 1980 1980–1997
1999–2001
2004–2008
2011
2013–2014
Miss Turks and Caicos Top 10
  • Carmelita Ariza
    (1987)
1987
  • Carmelita Ariza
    (Top 10)
 Western Samoa 1981 1981–1986 Miss Samoa
 Zaire 1968 1968–1972
1984–1986
Miss Congo (RDC) 2nd runner-up 1986
  • Likobe Dobala
    (Top 10)
Competed as Congo-Kinshasa from 1968 to 1971.

Won Miss Congeniality in 1972. Now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 Zimbabwe 1994 1994
1996–1998
2000–2001
Miss Zimbabwe Top 10 2000
  • Corinne Crewe
    (Top 10)

Unsuccessful attempts to participate

The list does not include withdrawals for personal reasons.

Country Reason Year
 Albania Withdrew out of respect after Kosovo's delegate was refused entry into the host country. 2013
 Cyprus Actually a British citizen from London, England, Disqualified 1982
 Egypt Revolution in Egypt. Authorities recalled contestant back. Returned in 1987. 1955
 England Contestant was in auto accident the final night. 1963
 Guam Pregnant. Violated the pageant's rules. Disqualified. 1999
 Holland Won Miss Europe, already title-holder. Disqualified. 1957
 Hong Kong Forced to withdraw. Contestant lied about her age. 1981
 Indonesia No permission from the government. Returned in 2005. 1997
 Kosovo Denied entry. Host country does not recognize Kosovo as an independent state. 2013
 Lebanon Withdrew. refused to compete with Israel also participating. 2002
 Malaysia Miss Malaysia Universe 1963 Azizah Yahya, disqualified for being under-age. 1st Runner-up, Rita Mohammed refused to assume the title. 1963
 Mayotte Competes for Miss France, Disqualified. 2002
 Mozambique Sponsor wouldn't allow contestant's mother to accompany her, disqualified. 2001
 Nicaragua Sponsor TV station went bankrupt. 1997
 Russia Posed for Playboy. Disqualified. 2003
 Scotland 1987 Miss Scotland Eileen Catterson, disqualified for being under age. 1987
 Slovenia Contestant arrived in the venue and fell unconscious in the hotel bathroom. She was rushed to the hospital and later withdrew. She was given a tribute on the final night. 2015
 South Africa Failed to participate between 1985–1994 due to practice of Apartheid. 1985
 Syria Withdrew. Authorities would not compete with Israel. 1959
 Turkey Strictly forbidden for Turkish citizens to enter Cyprus, the host nation, Disqualified. 2000
 Turks and Caicos Withdrew a night before the final event due to dehydration. Later disclosed the contestant was pregnant. 2009

References

  1. ^ "Beauty queen renamed". Taipei Times. Taipei, Taiwan. MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia. 23 May 2003. Retrieved 14 November 2010.  Due to China's obstruction, Taiwan was forced to change her sash label to Chinese Taipei. However, pageant organizers allowed Szu-Yu Chen to use the Taiwan sash while off of the stage, but the Chinese Taipei sash while on stage.
    Lim Kuan Chiang (2 June 2003). "They've got the looks". MediaCorp. Singapore. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
    "Double sash at Miss Universe 2003: Picture of Szu-Yu Chen with the Chinese Taipei and Taiwan sashes". Taiwan-Info.de. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 

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