Denmark turned an old shipyard in Copenhagen into a Eurovision arena and it transformed its derelict surroundings into Eurovision Island. Now we know that they really splashed the cash: The budget for the contest was 34.6 million Danish kroner, but the final price tag for it all has come in at an unbelievable 112 million kroner. That’s about 15 million euros, y’all! It’s also three times over budget.
Copenhagen’s mayor Frank Jensen has already made it clear that the city won’t fill in the gap. “The city of Copenhagen is not responsible for the deficit,” Jensen wrote in a statement. “It is a matter for Region Hovedstaden – the Capital Region – and Wonderful Copenhagen, which is a private foundation that operates under Region Hovedstaden.”
Now Danish broadcaster DR and Wonderful Copenhagen, the private company that organised the event, must find a way to pay the remaining 58 million kroner. (Perhaps they should take a cue from Eurovision 2006 contestant Severina and launch a new line of ice cream?)
Lars Bernhard Jörgensen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen, said that the price tag exceeded everyone’s expectations. He blames the fact that the three main pillars of the halls were demolished to give the audience a better view. Conchita’s performance was amaze, so maybe it was worth it?
In 2013 Swedish broadcaster SVT had a budget of 12 million euros for Eurovision 2013 in Malmö. Back in 2012, while hosting Eurovision 2012, Baku built a brand new Baku Crystal Hall with cost between 120 to 140 million euros.
Photo Credit: eurovision.tv (EBU)