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This page is a list of cities and venues that have hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, one or more times. Future venues are shown in italics. Since 1958, the host city has customarily been in the country that won the contest the previous year. There have been exceptions, however, when certain issues (usually financial) prevented the winner from hosting the following year's contest. The exceptions occurred in 1960, 1963, 1972, 1974 and 1980. In all but one of those exceptions, the UK hosted the Eurovision. The custom of having the winning country host the Eurovision the following year has now been observed for 39 consecutive years.
Having hosted the contest six times, Dublin holds the record for having hosted the contest most often. It is followed by London and Luxembourg (each hosted 4 contests), then Copenhagen and Stockholm (each hosted 3 contests).
Eurovision Song Contest
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|25th||Norway||Mysen||Momarken||Songs of Europe||1981|
|50th||Denmark||Copenhagen||Forum Copenhagen||Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest||2005|
|60th||United Kingdom||London||Eventim Apollo||Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits||2015|
Host City Insignia
Host City Insignia is a rotating trophy awarded to cities hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. The symbol is a large key ring to which the Eurovision Song Contest Host Cities can attach their city key or other symbol representing the city. Additionally, there is a fob with a picture of the Helsinki Senate Square attached to the key ring. The idea of the rotating trophy was proposed jointly by the City of Helsinki, the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and EBU in connection with the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. Hand-engraved on the ring are the following texts: "Eurovision Song Contest Host City", all Host Cities up until the year 2006 and a stamp: Helsinki 2007 with the initials of the prize designers. The concept and fob were designed by the ANTEEKSI Team and the ring by jewellery designer Taru Tonder.
Semi-final allotment drawing venue
Since the introduction in 2008 of the two semi-finals system, a drawing has been held to determine in which semi-final a country would participate, as well as in which semi-final a country would vote in. Each year, either five or six countries are exempt from the drawing for competing in the semi-finals: the big-five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and UK), and the host country, if the host is not one of the big five. In 2015 the number of countries exempt was seven, as Australia joined the other six countries exempt because the country was considered a special guest contestant.
Regardless if a country is exempt from competing in the semi-finals, all participating countries are allotted a semi-final in which to vote.
|Year||Days prior |
|2008||113||Belgrade City Hall|
|2009||102||Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel, Moscow|
|2010||107||Euroclub at Smuget|
|2013||117||Malmö City Hall|
|2014||106||Copenhagen City Hall|
|2016||106||Stockholm City Hall|
|2017||98||Column Hall of Kiev City State Administration|
|2018||99||Lisbon City Hall|
|2019||106||Tel Aviv Museum of Art|
- List of host cities of the ABU Song Festivals
- List of host cities of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
- In 1990 the former country of Yugoslavia hosted the contest in the City of Zagreb, which is in present day Croatia. Croatia, as an independent country, has not yet hosted the contest. The map shows the six countries that formerly made up the country of Yugoslavia, and cannot also simultaneously show Yugoslavia
- The 1957 and 1983 contests were held in what was then West Germany. The 2011 contest was in reunified Germany.
- The history of the Eurovision Song Contest - By year Official Eurovision Website History. Accessed May 2012
- "København bliver vært for internationalt Melodi Grand Prix". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2017-05-08.
- "Melodifestivalen 1992". Retrieved 2017-11-24.
- Badzic, Milenko (26 January 2015). "Host City Insignia Exchange & Semi-Final Allocation Draw". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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- City of Helsinki news at 13.09.07: Helsinki launches new Eurovision Song Contest tradition
- Finnish article about starting of the new Eurovision Song Contest tradition ("Helsinki aloittaa uuden Eurovision laulukilpailun perinteen")
- The picture of the insignia on the page of the Eurovision Song Contest Moscow 2009
- A photo on the web pages of the biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat with description "Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen (left) and cultural director Pekka Timonen were in Belgrade on Friday to hand over the Helsinki Insignia to the city that will host next year's Eurovision Song Contest." (Helsingin Sanomat)