1986 was a year:
- 28 February – Ingvar Carlsson becomes Prime Minister of Sweden, following the assasination of Olof Palme.
- 3 May – The Eurovision Song Contest is held in Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway. The song 'J'aime la vie, performed by Sandra Kim for Belgium, wins the contest.
- 29 June – Argentina wins the FIFA World Cup by defeating West Germany, 3–2, in the final game at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, Mexico.
- 1 September – Nintendo released the NES in several Euorpean countries.
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