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MALMÖ CHOSEN AS HOST CITY FOR 68TH EUROVISION SONG CONTEST IN MAY 2024

The southern Swedish city of Malmö has been selected by Host Broadcaster SVT and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to serve as the host city for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in May 2024.

SVT, following Loreen’s historic victory in Liverpool earlier this year with the song “Tattoo,” making her the first woman to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice and enabling Sweden to equal Ireland’s record of 7 total wins, will organize next year’s competition.

The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday, May 11 at the Malmö Arena, preceded by the Semi-Finals on Tuesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 9.

The selection of Malmö as the host city followed a thorough evaluation process of the city’s facilities at the venue, its capacity to accommodate numerous visiting delegations, crew members, fans, and journalists, as well as its local infrastructure and other relevant criteria.

Martin Österdahl, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, expressed the EBU’s delight at Malmö being chosen as the Host City for the 2024 event. Österdahl highlighted the city’s significance in the Contest’s history, having successfully hosted it in 1992 and 2013 after Loreen’s previous victory. He emphasized Malmö’s vibrant and dynamic nature, as well as its suitable venues and infrastructure for staging the world’s largest live music event. The city’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, innovation, sustainability, and green initiatives aligns well with the spirit and values of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ebba Adielsson, SVT’s Executive Producer of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, expressed gratitude for the strong and creative proposals received from several cities during the bidding process. Malmö ultimately stood out due to its fulfillment of all the necessary criteria and its convenient transportation system, allowing easy movement for all participants. Adielsson highlighted Malmö’s dedication to ensuring both visitors and residents can actively partake in the festivities.

Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, chairman of Malmö’s municipal executive board, expressed pride and happiness in welcoming the Eurovision Song Contest back to the city, promising to deliver a remarkable experience in 2024, building upon the previous hosting in 2013. She emphasized Malmö’s modern and sustainable infrastructure and the city’s determination to organize a memorable festival for people of all ages.

By hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time, Malmö joins the ranks of Stockholm and Copenhagen, which have also hosted the event three times. Only London, Luxembourg City, and Dublin have hosted the Contest on more occasions. Additionally, Sweden will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for the seventh time in 2024, having previously organized it in Stockholm (1975, 2000, and 2016) and Gothenburg (1985).

It is noteworthy that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be held in a capital city for the fifth consecutive edition, marking a departure from the usual trend.

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