Eurovision 2025: Geneva in the race for hosting next year's edition

Eurovision 2025: Geneva in the race for hosting next year's edition
Monday, 13 May 2024

  • Geneva is the first city to express their intention to bid for hosting the 69th Eurovision Song Contest in Switzerland. 

    Following the victorious participation of NEMO with the song 'The Code' which bring next year's contest on Swiss soil, Geneva was the first city to express interest in hosting Eurovision 2025. 

    According to a press release handed out to the media by the city's exihibition centre, 'Palexpo Geneva'  they have already" submitted an application. Palexpo says it has been working "for several weeks" in collaboration with the Geneva authorities to host "one of the most important global television events".



    Geneva is the second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and the most populous of the French-speaking Romandy. Situated in the southwest of the country, where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and a centre for international diplomacy. Geneva hosts the highest number of international organizations in the world among which the European Broadcasting Union  (EBU).



    palexpo geneva

    Palexpo  which has expressed interest to host the next Eurovision , is a convention center in Geneva, Switzerland. The buildings are owned by the canton of Geneva while the company is a semi-private foundation. The center is located close to Geneva International Airport. There are seven halls, and 102,000 square metres of exhibition space. 

    The venue itself in its press releasestated: “Nearly 32,000 m2 can accommodate nearly 15,000 spectators.” It adds that it would make all three of its convention centres available to accommodate the competition.'



    The city is served by the Geneva Airport. It is connected by Geneva Airport railway station (French: Gare de Genève-Aéroport) to both the Swiss Federal Railways network and the French SNCF network, including links to Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Montpellier by TGV. Geneva is connected to the motorway systems of both Switzerland (A1 motorway) and France.

    Public transport by bus, trolleybus or tram is provided by Transports Publics Genevois. In addition to an extensive coverage of the city centre, the network extends to most of the municipalities of the Canton, with a few lines reaching into France.




    EBU's requirements for hosting Eurovision 

    In order for a city to host the Eurovision SOng Contest in 2022 it must meet a specific number of  requirements. Namely the host city must have: 

    • An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.

    • Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.

    • An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.


    In addtion the infrastructure should:

    • Be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter;

    • Have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event (which corresponds to 70% of maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, taking into consideration the specific stage and production needs of the Eurovision Song Contest);

    • Have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production (this includes good specifications of load capacity in the roof, clearance to low beams, easy load in access, etc);

    • Have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc;

    • Be available exclusively for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.


    Switzerland won the Eurovision Song Contest for a third time, having won the 1956 and 1988 editions of the competition.

    News source: RTS