Malmö has been chosen as the host city for the Eurovision song contest in May 2024.
This marks the third time the Swedish city has hosted, following the events of 1992 and 2013.
It is also the fifth consecutive event not to be hosted by a capital city.
The southern city is the third largest city in Sweden and the sixth largest city in the Nordic region, with a municipal population of over 350,000. The Öresund Bridge connects Sweden with Denmark, with a regional total of 4 million people.
The Swedish broadcaster SVT, together with the European Broadcasting Union, will organize the Contest thanks to Loreen’s victory in Liverpool in 2023.
Malmö was chosen following a strong city bidding process which looked at the venue’s facilities; the ability to host thousands of visiting delegations, crew, fans and journalists; infrastructure; and other criteria.
Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said: “The EBU is thrilled that Malmö has been chosen as the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. Malmö holds a special place in the history of the Competition, having successfully hosted it first in 1992 and again in 2013, following Loreen’s last win.
“We are thrilled to return to this vibrant and dynamic city which has proven to have the perfect venues and infrastructure to stage the largest live music event in the world.
“Malmö’s commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and innovation aligns perfectly with the spirit of competition. Furthermore, its compact size and well-developed transport infrastructure allow everyone involved in the Competition, including delegations, media and fans, to easily move around the city.
“Its commitment to sustainability and green initiatives also aligns perfectly with our values, making it an ideal host city for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.
“Malmö’s offering demonstrated a great passion for the Eurovision music contest, and I have every faith in their ability to create an unforgettable experience that will bring together fans, artists and viewers around the world. Together with Host Broadcaster SVT, we will create an extraordinary celebration of music, unity and diversity that will captivate the world in May next year.”
Ebba Adielsson, executive producer of SVT added: “When we finally had all the options, we made an overall assessment to consider all the factors involved in organizing this huge event. In the end Malmö was chosen because it met all the criteria and offers a location with great sights and is a city where everyone who frequents the Eurovision song contest can move easily. Malmö is also firmly committed to providing both those visiting and those living in the city with the opportunity to join in the festivities.”
Australia has yet to be confirmed as a returning participant by SBS.
The Grand Final will take place at the Malmö Arena on Saturday 11 May with the semi-finals on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 May.
Tickets will be announced in due course.