In a month’s time the world is looking at the southernmost metropolis of Sweden: Malmö. In 1992 Malmö has already had the honour being a Eurovision host city. This year Malmö has the opportunity to host this mega event for another time due to the surprising fact that Stockholm and Gothenburg did not have the perfect environment, so it was a chance for Malmö.
The city of Malmö was founded in the year 1275 and the former name was “Malmhuagar” which means “Gravel pil” or “Ore Hill”. At that time Malmö was Danish and is has been the second largest city in Denmark! You can still notice that the entire province of Skåne is strongly characterized by Danish architecture. In the 17th century Malmö and the surroundings of Scania became Swedish.
Malmö is located in the province Skåne (Scania) in the very south of Sweden. Located in the southern part of Sweden, the distance to Kiruna in the northern part is farther than Milan, Italy! Thanks to the Öresund Bridge, which has been built in the year 2000, the land way connection to the continent could be achieved. Within 35 minutes you can reach Copenhagen, Denmark by train on the giant 8 km long bridge. The airport of Malmö is quite small and is mainly used by low cost carriers and domestic connections. Therefore Copenhagen airport is a real alternative.
By now Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and has 300.000 inhabitants, the entire municipality is estimated with 660.000 inhabitants. A very interesting point is that half of the population is under the age of 35! And the share of migrants is relatively high with 34% of the entire population, which has also caused a sharp social divide. The main industry is ship building, Malmö has university and is characterized by a lot of parks and historic buildings and a vibrant student community. The most popular parks are Scaniaparken and Daniaparken. Malmö is known as a very environmentally friendly city. The main landmark is the Turning Torso building, which is the highest building in Scandinavia. This is also the area with the new district called “Western harbour” has been created. It’s a stylish quarter directly situated at the waterfront with a unique architecture, parks, canals, bars and cafés.
Furthermore the picturesque city has a lot of interesting sightseeing to offer, like the Malmöhus, a citadel from 1434, the Malmö Stadsteater and the Malmö Opera. The oldest church is from the 14th century “St. Peter’s Church” which is built in Baltic brick gothic. There are a lot of festivals like the “Malmöfestivalen”, which takes place in August and offers all kind of events and cuisines. Malmö’s coast line is very popular in summer, due to the mild oceanic climate. There is an open air bath in Ribersborg from the 18th century and is also called “Copacabana of Malmö” or “Ribban”. The city is also known as a shopper’s paradise in particular for Swedish design and hip Swedish fashion labels as well as for its good food with the highest concentration of restaurants in Sweden! A recently opened shopping centre which is called “Emporia” is located very closely to the Malmö Arena.
With the 58th Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in the Malmö Arena in May, it will mark another highlight in the city’s history. Last year over one million people visited Malmö.