Malmö to host Eurovision Song Contest 2013

Malmö to host Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Malmö Arena. Photo courtesy of Malmö Arena
Malmö, Sweden -

Today one of the most awaited moments of this year has arrived - it's time to reveal who will host the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The Host Broadcaster, Swedish SVT, announced that it'll be… Malmö to be the home of the contest in 2013!

The decision about the host city was open till the very last minute, SVT says. They received proposals from Stockholm and Malmö. "It was not really an easy decision," Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer of the 2013 contest says.

"We chose Malmö because there is a very good infrastructure and we have good experience of holding Melodifestivalen [the Swedish national selection] and the Eurovision Song Contest there," he explains. "The choice of Malmö is based on an overall assessment of the environment in which we think is best for the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, both in terms of TV shows and on the preparations."

"We are very pleased to have a Host City already at this stage. It shows the deep commitment SVT and the whole of Sweden have to host a great Eurovision Song Contest in 2013," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor on behalf of the EBU. "We're confident Malmö will be a great host for next year's edition of Europe's favourite TV show."

The agreement means that SVT is responsible for all aspects related to TV shows and Malmö will support you with a comprehensive hosting service, logistics and events for the international press, the visiting fans and the participating delegations.

"Now the work starts on one of the biggest music shows in Europe to create an amazing event. We are obviously extremely proud and happy today," says Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor of Malmö.

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and one of the largest ones in Scandinavia with a metro population of 664,000 people. It has easy access to Denmark via the Øresund bridge which is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

Malmö has already hosted the contest once, back in 1992 after the Swedish pop-star Carola won the contest in 1991 with Fångad Av En Stormvind.

Malmö Arena

Malmö Arena where the contest will be held is a relatively new arena, inaugurated in 2008. It has a capacity of up to 15,500 for concerts but for the Eurovision Song Contest, the capacity will most likely be lower.

The semi-finals of the Swedish national selection for Europe's favourite TV show have been held there since 2009. Malmö Arena is very similar to Hartwall Arena in Helsinki where the Eurovision Song Contest was held in 2007.

The arena is yet to be formally confirmed by the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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  • Posted on 24 July 2012 at 16:48
    I think its great that malmo have it, as for tourists its ideal. We can see Sweden and we can even go across the border and see Denmark! Perfect!

    I like they are downscaling the ESC, taking it back to the routes, Baku was great but I think it was a bit 'big' for Eurovision. Hopefully Malmo will take it down a notch and do an elegant well hosted ESC.

    Can't wait! Sweden 2013 here I come! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 July 2012 at 09:19
    I don't understand what the problem is. It was the same with Dusseldorf! It's no big deal! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 July 2012 at 21:28
    I don't understand why anyone would be complaining about the Eurovisions taking place in the most populated area in all of Scandinavia! We do have airports (pluralis) and even good internet connectivity ever since the mid 90's report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 July 2012 at 04:16
    im so dissappointed about this.

    I thought Swedes wanted to organise the best ESC ever.... but they are not interested in that at all... they just want to organise a "good one".

    And about the tickets, i hope they protect at least 8.000 for foreigners, because we are MILLIONS of fans outside Sweden. Did they think about that?.

    -12 points from Chile to Sweden.

    hejdö ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 July 2012 at 18:34
    The press release simply states that "The planned dates" are 14th to 18th May 2013. This suggests the dates might change. This makes booking hotels and flights impossible. I have just cancelled my hotel in Stockholm and lost my deposit. Don't want to do it again. Any ideas when the date will be firm? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 July 2012 at 10:53
    I'm very happy that Malmö had ECS for next year so we can show our beautiful city, not just because I live in Malmö, I really love this town there are close to everything and close to Copenhagen. Inside the Malmö Arena is very nice, everyone is so warmly welcomed to Malmö report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 July 2012 at 14:40
    plus having a lower cost is better for other countrys like Slovakia and Greece becuase participation fees will be lower and it will keep unfairly disadvantaged countries in the ESC report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 July 2012 at 14:37
    And the fact they are spending less money on the even shows that STV and the Swedish Goverment have got their prioritys right with their money unlike some naming no names, of course countries like Russia and Germany are allright to spend spend on ESC coz they can afford. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 July 2012 at 14:33
    I dont understand why people are complaining, the ESC needs to go back to what it is trully meant to be about and thats a great televised contest, its meant to be about a good entertaining TV contest! This is the same reason why I would like to see the semi finals also scalled down to 13 countries in each semi final but have 3 semi finals then it would be on the same scale to the JESC. So have 6 qualify from each semi final = 18 countries then the host + big 5 would mean 24 countries in the final. By scalling down the semi finals and spliting the countries into 3 would mean it would give disadvantaged countries a better chance to qualify and would weaken voting blocks, particuarly the former ussr and yugoslavia blocks. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 July 2012 at 00:16
    Yet another Millstreet? C Björkman talked in the release about accommodation that some solutions will be found but didn't say a word about Copenhagen hotels. Strange. Kastrup was though mentioned. So, will there be rooms in the homes of Malmö-inhabitants or dormitories in old schools?

    Why don't SVT say real reasons for choosing Malmö THIS TIME (because it won't be Malmö next time) which are:
    - There are not enough active people or willingness to "try" huge Friends Arena. If there were people like in Parken Roof Project (I've watched a documentary about collecting sponsors)
    - Icehockey W C is already in Stockholm
    - Copenhagen is a good "invisible" partner for Malmö (Flights, Accommodation, etc)
    - It's Malmö's turn THIS TIME (in fact it's GBG's but they backed)
    - It's so much EASIER for SVT people (but not for fans)

    I just wonder what SVT will say about Stockholm infrastructure when Sweden wins again and the contest will be held for surely in Stockholm? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 July 2012 at 16:48
    I don´t mind the city, I just care for the venue! -.- its so small :( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 July 2012 at 12:40
    IT IS GONNA BE AWSOME!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 July 2012 at 12:36
    TonyJ from Sweden:
    Well, the main thing that will decide if ESC 2013 is going to be a great show or not
    is the quality of the songs, the entries and performances, rather than the amount of
    seats in the arena. The performances combined with a good production. A production
    team that plans the scripts for the hosts, the post cards between the entries and the
    interlude moments.

    Nicely said. :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 July 2012 at 09:58
    ITS NOT RIGHT DICISION! If a country has the money and facilities it MUST SUBMIT A GOOD JOB ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 July 2012 at 04:48
    As much as I'm disappointed with the decision, people are forgetting it's about QUALITY not quantity. Already people are comparing the 2012 show in Baku to the upcoming one, especially just in terms of budget??? (I'm looking at you aversa from Italy.) J
    Frankly that's highly irrational ("Azeri Beats Sweden"??? WTH? i didn't know this was a monetary competition!)

    Wait until the actual 2013 show and then you can complain all you want. report to the moderator