Malmö to host 68th Eurovision Song Contest

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The Swedish city of Malmö has been selected as the host of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in May 2024.

Malmö was chosen by host broadcaster SVT and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) after Sweden’s entry Loreen won for the second time at this year’s contest in Liverpool. 

The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will be held on May 11 at Malmö Arena with the semi-finals taking place earlier in the week, on May 7 and May 9. 

Malmö was chosen following a bid process that examined facilities at the venue, the ability to accommodate thousands of visiting delegations, crew, fans and journalists as well as local infrastructure. 

“The EBU is thrilled that Malmö has been selected as the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024,” said Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

“Malmö holds a special place in the history of the Contest, having successfully hosted it firstly in 1992 and then in 2013 – following Loreen’s last win. We’re excited to be returning to this vibrant and dynamic city which has demonstrated it has the venues and infrastructure that are perfect for staging the world’s largest live music event.

“Malmö’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and innovation aligns perfectly with the spirit of the competition.  Furthermore, its compact size and well-developed transport infrastructure means everyone involved in the Contest, including delegations, media, and fans will be able to navigate the city easily. Its commitment to sustainability and green initiatives also aligns perfectly with our own values, making it an ideal Host City for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.”

Ebba Adielsson, SVT’s executive producer of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, added: “We received strong, compelling, and creative proposals from several cities for which we are extremely grateful. The involvement of all the bidding municipalities has been outstanding.

“When we finally had all the options, we did an overall assessment to consider all factors involved in organizing this huge event.  Malmö was eventually chosen as it met all the criteria and provides a location with great venues and is a city where all those attending the Eurovision Song Contest can move around easily. Malmö is also firmly committed to providing both those visiting and living in the city a chance to participate in the festivities.”

Sweden will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the seventh time in 2024, having previously staged the event in 1975, 1985, 1992, 2000, 2013, 2016. 

Tickets for all shows are expected to go on sale later this year.