Elenco delle città ospitanti dell’Eurovision Song Contest (List of Eurovision Song Contest host cities – Host cities)


Ecco qui l’elenco delle città e luoghi che hanno ospitato l’Eurovision Song Contest, una o più volte. Dal 1958, la città ospitante è stata abitualmente il paese vincitore dell’anno precedente. Anche se ci sono state delle eccezioni, nel 1960, 1963, 1972, 1974 e 1980, dal 1981, tutte le gare si sono tenute nel paese che ha vinto l’anno precedente.


Countries which have hosted the Eurovision Song Contest [a]  G – A single hosting P –  Multiple hostings

List of Eurovision Song Contest host cities. The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual international song competition, held by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. This page is a list of cities and venues that have hosted the contest, one or more times.

The contest has frequently been held in a capital city. The five editions spanning from 2019 to 2024 (the 2020 edition having been cancelled) are to date the longest span of consecutive editions without a capital hosting the event. This record was previously held by the four editions between 1956 and 1959.

Host cities

Contests Country City Venue Year
9  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 Conference Centre 1982
Birmingham National Indoor Arena 1998
Liverpool Liverpool Arena 2023
7  Ireland Dublin Gaiety Theatre 1971
RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion 1981
Point Theatre 1994
Millstreet Green Glens Arena 1993
 Sweden Stockholm St. Eriks Mässan 1975
Globe Arena 2000
Gothenburg Scandinavium 1985
Malmö Malmö Isstadion 1992
Malmö Arena 2013
5 the Netherlands Hilversum AVRO Studios 1958
Amsterdam RAI Congrescentrum 1970
The Hague Nederlands Congresgebouw 1976
Rotterdam Rotterdam Ahoy 2020[a]
4  Luxembourg Luxembourg City Villa Louvigny 1962
Théâtre Municipal 1973
3  France Cannes Palais des Festivals 1959
Paris Palais des Congrès 1978
 Norway Bergen Grieghallen 1986
Oslo Oslo Spektrum 1996
Telenor Arena 2010
 Germany[b] Frankfurt-am-Main Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks 1957
Munich Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle 1983
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Arena 2011
 Denmark Copenhagen Tivolis Koncertsal 1964
Parken Stadium 2001
B&W Hallerne 2014
 Israel Jerusalem International Convention Center 1979
Tel Aviv Expo Tel Aviv 2019
 Italy Naples Sala di Concerto della RAI 1965
Rome Studio 15 di Cinecittà 1991
Turin PalaOlimpico 2022
2  Switzerland Lugano Teatro Kursaal 1956
Palais de Beaulieu 1989
 Austria Vienna Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg 1967
Wiener Stadthalle 2015
 Ukraine Kyiv Palace of Sports 2005
International Exhibition Centre 2017
1  Spain Madrid Teatro Real 1969
 Belgium Brussels Palais de Centenaire 1987
 Yugoslavia Zagreb[c] Koncertna Dvorana Vatroslav Lisinski 1990
 Estonia Tallinn Saku Suurhall 2002
 Latvia Riga Skonto Olympic 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 Olimpiysky Arena 2009
 Azerbaijan Baku Baku Crystal Hall 2012
 Portugal Lisbon Lisbon Arena 2018

Special events.

Country City Venue Event Occasion Year
 Denmark Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the contest 2005
THE Netherlands Hilversum Studio 21 Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Replacement show for the 2020 contest, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic 2020
 Norway Mysen Momarken Songs of Europe Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the contest 1981
 Slovenia Ljubljana TV SLO Studio 1 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet Pre-qualification round held for the 1993 contest between eastern European countries 1993
 United Kingdom London Eventim Apollo Eurovision Song Contest’s Greatest Hits Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the contest 2015

Hosting traditions and exceptions. The tradition of the winning country hosting the following year’s event was established in 1958, held in the Netherlands. A number of exceptions to this rule have occurred since, typically when the winning country had already hosted the event in the recent past. These exceptions are listed below:

  • 1960—hosted by the BBC in London when the Netherlands’ NTS declined due to expense, having previously hosted the 1958 contest. The United Kingdom was chosen to host after finishing in second place in 1959.
  • 1963—hosted by the BBC in London when France’s RTF declined due to expense, having previously hosted the contest in 1959 and 1961. The second- and third-placed Monaco and Luxembourg also declined when offered hosting duties.
  • 1970—hosted by the NOS in Amsterdam following a ballot to determine the host country, after the 1969 contest produced four winning countries.
  • 1972—hosted by the BBC in Edinburgh when Monaco’s Télé Monte Carlo was unable to provide a suitable venue. The Monégasque broadcaster invited the BBC to host the event due to their previous experience.
  • 1974—hosted by the BBC in Brighton when Luxembourg’s RTL declined due to expense after staging the 1973 contest.
  • 1980—hosted by the NOS in the Hague when Israel’s IBA declined due to expense after staging the 1979 contest. The Dutch offered to host the contest after several other broadcasters, reportedly including runner-up Spain’s RTVE and the BBC, were unwilling to do so.
  • 2023—hosted by the BBC in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine’s UA:PBC, after the EBU decided that Ukraine would not be able to host the event due to security concerns caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The United Kingdom was chosen to host after finishing in second place in 2022.

With Australia’s invitation to participate in the contest in 2015, it was announced that should it win the contest, Australian broadcaster SBS would co-host the following year’s contest in a European city in collaboration with an EBU member broadcaster of its choice.

Host City Insignia. The Host City Insignia is a rotating trophy awarded to cities hosting the Eurovision Song Contest, proposed jointly by the city of Helsinki, the Finnish broadcaster Yle and the EBU in conjunction with the 2007 contest.

The trophy is a large key ring to which the host cities can attach their city key or other symbol representing the city. The Host City Insignia Exchange usually takes place in conjunction with the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. The insignia is then traditionally put on display in a public place, such as the City Hall or another venue of local significance, for the remainder of the year.

The concept and fob were designed by the Anteeksi group and the key ring by jewellery designer Taru Tonder. Hand-engraved on the ring are the following texts: “Eurovision Song Contest Host City”, all host cities up until 2006 and a stamp: “Helsinki 2007” with the initials of the insignia designers. Additionally, the fob has a picture of the Helsinki Senate Square attached to the ring.

Semi-final allocation drawing venue. Since the introduction of the two semi-finals system in 2008, 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 the United Kingdom) 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 exempt countries as 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 Venue City
2008 Old Palace Belgrade
2009 Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel Moscow
2010 Euroclub at Smuget  Oslo
2011 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf
2012 Buta Palace Baku
2013 Malmö City Hall  Malmö
Copenhagen City Hall Copenhagen
2015 Vienna Rathaus Vienna
2016 Stockholm City Hall Stockholm
2017 Column Hall of Kyiv City State Administration Kyiv
2018 Lisbon City Hall Lisbon
2019 Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv
Rotterdam City Hall Rotterdam
2022 Palazzo Madama Turin
2023 St George’s Hall Liverpool

Running order drawing venue. Previously, the running order has been determined at a dedicated event. This has been made redundant following the implementation of producer-created running orders in 2013.

Year Venue
1988 Mansion House, Dublin
1993 National Concert Hall, Dublin
1997 Clarence Hotel, Dublin
2007 Finlandia Hall, Helsinki
2008 Sava Centar, Belgrade
2009 Cosmos Hotel, Moscow
2012 Buta Palace, Baku

Receptions and Opening Ceremony venues. An official Opening Ceremony with a red carpet procession has been held since 2009 at a venue in the host city. Prior to that, a welcome reception was typically held for all participating artists and hosted by the mayor of the host city.

Year Venue
1992 Malmö City Hall [sv]
1993 Great Southern Hotel, Killarney and City Hall, Cork
  • 1994
  • 1997
Dining Hall, Trinity College Dublin
1995 Royal Hospital Kilmainham
  • 1996
  • 2010
Oslo City Hall
1998 ICC Birmingham
1999 Israel Museum
  • 2000
  • 2016
Stockholm Palace and City Hall
  • 2001
  • 2014
Copenhagen City Hall
2004 Çırağan Palace
2006 Zappeion
2007 Finlandia Hall
2008 Palace of Serbia
2009 Central Manezh Exhibition Center
2011 Tonhalle Düsseldorf
2012 Baku Sports Palace
2013 Malmö Opera
2015 Vienna City Hall
2017 Mariinskyi Palace and Parkovy Congress and Exhibition Center
2018 Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology and Electricity Museum
2019 Habima Square and Charles Bronfman Auditorium
2020 Rotterdam Cruise Terminal 
2021[e] Rotterdam Cruise Terminal
2022 Palace of Venaria
2023 Walker Art Gallery and St George’s Hall


  1. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. ^ The 1957 and 1983 contests were held in what was then West Germany. The 2011 contest was in reunified Germany.
  3. ^ Now in present-day Croatia following the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.
  4. ^ The semi-final allocation draw for the cancelled 2020 contest was retained for the 2021 contest.
  5. ^ No Opening Ceremony event was held in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, only the “Turquoise Carpet” event was held.