List of host cities of the Eurovision Song Contest

Countries which have hosted the Eurovision Song Contest [a]

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.[1] 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[2] and Stockholm (each hosted 3 contests).

The Scandinavium in Gothenburg: venue for the 1985 Contest.
The film studios at Cinecittà in Rome played host to the 1991 Contest.
Oslo Spektrum was the venue for the 1996 Contest.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Table key
  Former countries that have been dissolved.
Contests Country City Venue Years
8  United Kingdom London Royal Festival Hall 1960
BBC Television Centre 1963
Royal Albert Hall 1968
Wembley Conference Centre 1977
Edinburgh Usher Hall 1972
Brighton Brighton Dome 1974
Harrogate Harrogate International Centre 1982
Birmingham National Indoor Arena 1998
7  Ireland Dublin Gaiety Theatre 1971
RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion 1981, 1988
Point Theatre 1994, 1995, 1997
Millstreet Green Glens Arena 1993
6  Sweden Stockholm Stockholm International Fairs 1975
Ericsson Globe 2000, 2016
Gothenburg Scandinavium 1985
Malmö Malmö Isstadion[3] 1992
Malmö Arena 2013
5  Netherlands Hilversum AVRO Studio 1958
Amsterdam RAI Congrescentrum 1970
The Hague Nederlands Congresgebouw 1976, 1980
Rotterdam Rotterdam Ahoy 2020
4  Luxembourg Luxembourg City Villa Louvigny 1962, 1966
Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg 1973, 1984
3  France Cannes Palais des Festivals 1959, 1961
Paris Palais des Congrès 1978
 Norway Bergen Grieghallen 1986
Oslo Oslo Spektrum 1996
Telenor Arena 2010
 Germany[b] Frankfurt-am-Main Großer Sendesaal 1957
Munich Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle 1983
Düsseldorf Esprit Arena 2011
 Denmark Copenhagen Tivolis Koncertsal 1964
Parken Stadium 2001
B&W Hallerne 2014
 Israel Jerusalem International Convention Centre 1979, 1999
Tel Aviv Expo Tel Aviv 2019
2   Switzerland Lugano Teatro Kursaal 1956
Lausanne Palais de Beaulieu 1989
 Italy Naples Sala di Concerto della RAI 1965
Rome Studio 15 di Cinecittà 1991
 Austria Vienna Hofburg Imperial Palace 1967
Wiener Stadthalle 2015
 Ukraine Kyiv Palace of Sports 2005
International Exhibition Centre 2017
1 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Madrid Teatro Real 1969
 Belgium Brussels Centenary Palace 1987
 Yugoslavia Zagreb
(present day Croatia)
Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall 1990
 Estonia Tallinn Saku Suurhall 2002
 Latvia Riga Skonto Hall 2003
 Turkey Istanbul Abdi İpekçi Arena 2004
 Greece Athens Olympic Indoor Hall 2006
 Finland Helsinki Hartwall Arena 2007
 Serbia Belgrade Belgrade Arena 2008
 Russia Moscow Olympic Stadium 2009
 Azerbaijan Baku Baku Crystal Hall 2012
 Portugal Lisbon Altice Arena 2018

Anniversary events[edit]

Anniversary Country City Venue Event Year
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[edit]

The Host City Insignia on display inside the Rathaus in Vienna, Austria, in May 2015.

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.[4]

Semi-final allotment drawing venue[edit]

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
to first
2008 113 Belgrade City Hall
2009 102 Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel, Moscow
2010 107 Euroclub at Smuget [no]
2011 113 Esprit Arena
2012 118 Buta Palace
2013 117 Malmö City Hall [sv]
2014 106 Copenhagen City Hall
2015 113 Vienna Rathaus
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ The 1957 and 1983 contests were held in what was then West Germany. The 2011 contest was in reunified Germany.


  1. ^ The history of the Eurovision Song Contest - By year Official Eurovision Website History. Accessed May 2012
  2. ^ "København bliver vært for internationalt Melodi Grand Prix". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  3. ^ "Melodifestivalen 1992". Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  4. ^ Badzic, Milenko (26 January 2015). "Host City Insignia Exchange & Semi-Final Allocation Draw". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017.

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