It has been announced today that Malmö, Sweden's third largest city will play host to the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Martin Österdahl, the executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 said this morning;

"We chose Malmö because there is a very good infrastructure and we have good experience of holding Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest there. 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."

Malmö was seen by many as an unlikely choice to begin with but as Gothenburg was ruled out at an early stage and finding a venue in Stockholm proved problematic, the smallest of the three cities vying to host actually was in with a chance.

Although not formally confirmed, the Malmö Arena will be the venue for next year's contest. This arena will be familiar to many fans as it has played host to the Malmö semi finals of Melodifestivalen since 2009. The arena was innagurated in 2008 and has a capacity of 15,500 for concerts making it one of Scandinavia's premier concert venues. Malmö's arena, although slightly larger based on capacity, has been compared to the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki that spectacularly hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. If Malmö Arena is confirmed, it will mean that the 2013 contest will be the smallest based on spectator capacity since 2007.

Malmö has already played host to the Eurovision Song Contest but much has changed since 1992. Only twenty-three countries participated in 1992 and nearly double that number will be expected for the 2013 contest. As a city of only 300,000 people, the surrounding areas will have to support with transport and accomodation needs for the delegations and fans from over forty countries. This will no doubt bring an economic boost to the region and Copenhagen will also benefit from Malmö hosting as the two cities are connected via the Öresund bridge. Denmark's capital may support with the accomodation needs and many fans may choose to stay in Copenhagen and travel to Sweden just for the live events.

The Mayor of Malmö, Ilmar Reepalu, was quoted as saying; "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".

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