Stockholm and Gothenburg may be the bookies’ favourites to host Eurovision 2016, but Sveriges Radio reports that officials in Örnsköldsvik have entered a host city bid anyway. In case you aren’t familiar with this city of pulp mills and ethanol products, wiwibloggs is here to help. Its Fjällräven Center (formerly Swedbank Arena) can hold 9,800 people for concerts, and it hosted both the third semi final of Melodifestivalen 2007 and the 2008 European Curling championships. Par-tay! So put your prejudices to the side and let’s explore why Örnsköldsvik is a wildcard worthy of your consideration.

1. Because Örnsköldsvik is super hard for non-Swedes to pronounce, which will lead to moments of great comedy as the commentators try to say it right. Julia Zamiro will be the only one to succeed.

julia zemiro gif

 

 

2. Because f*ck hotels: Maria will let five people stay in her house for 89 euros a night!

Ornskoldvik airbnb hotels eurovision

 

3. Museums? We don’t need no stinking museums. This map of Örnsköldsvik attractions features a water park. Only a water park. And it’s named PARADISE!

Ornskoldsvik  waterpark

4. It’s the birthplace of Hans Hedberg, a sculpter known for his ceramic fruit.

Hans-Hedberg 

…which was very large.

hans2

 

5. It’s also the birthplace of several famous hockey players like Markus Nasland…

Oct. 3, 2007. Vancouver Canucks handout photos for 2007-2008 season: Markus Naslund [PNG Merlin Archive]

…and Victor Hedman

victor hedman

 

6. Because Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw has endorsed Örnsköldsvik as the host city, according to the city’s Eurovision ambassador Peter Forsberg.

mans zelmerlow dance gif

 

7. Because it’s home to Ting 1, a controversial apartment building that looks like a game of Jenga gone wrong. 

ting Örnsköldsvik

 

8. Because it hosted the first semi final of Melodifestivalen 2010, which gave us Salem Al Fakir, who almost beat Anna Bergendahl in the final.

 

9. Because the Fjällräven Center welcomes ladies who lunch…while watching hockey. A recent lunch menu included fish with tarragon and jelly pancakes with bacon and lingonberries. Mmmm. 

fjallraven center lunch

 

10. Because the Fjällräven Center is home to Örnsköldsvik’s MODO hockey team, and maybe they’ll linger around the locker room during Eurovision!

MARIO_KEMPE Ornskoldsvik eurovision hockey Simon Onerud modo hockey modo MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik

 

So should SVT showcase a new part of Sweden? Is Örnsköldsvik in it with a chance?

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brittanywattscb
brittanywattscb
7 years ago

Scandinavium might aswell host it as denmark are going to win next year and that stadium represents Scandinavia. It will be full of nords and sweds and dans and a few icelandics hah

Rayman
Rayman
7 years ago

“Unfortunately that’s not very helpful, since the “i” in “bird” is pronounced differently depending on where you’re from, anywhere from an “uh” to an “er”.”

Good point. Maybe I can specify and say it’s in British English, as heard here: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/british/bird

Though that pronounciation can probably differ a lot too, depending on where you live in the UK. 🙂

mawnck
mawnck
7 years ago

“The letter “i” in “bird” is pronounced the same way as “ö”.”

Unfortunately that’s not very helpful, since the “i” in “bird” is pronounced differently depending on where you’re from, anywhere from an “uh” to an “er”.

Melissa J
7 years ago

I am all for mixing it up and having a new city host! And I really do hope that hockey team sticks around for the party…

Ryanireland
Ryanireland
7 years ago

@ mario
The future monarch of Sweden is crown princess Victoria not her brother Carl philip.
She is the next Queen

Unkown
Unkown
7 years ago

Italy shouldn’t have won anyway. Sweden should choose Tele2.

khm
khm
7 years ago

OK William, stop trolling.

Rayman
Rayman
7 years ago

13. No need to buy water, you can drink straight from the water tap, for free! 😀

Jak
Jak
7 years ago

12. Every Eurofan should be upset as a bottle of water costs three euros in Sweden. Italy would be great as cheaper, and warmer, and a new country. I still hate juries took us back to the Cold North!

Nitzan
Nitzan
7 years ago

11. because it will give Eurofans one more reason to slam Sweden and complain that it should have been in Rome.

DJ Tiggeh
DJ Tiggeh
7 years ago

Hey Wiwi….

You spell Örnsköldsvik correctly but you struggle with should?

Ahh we’re still in love with you anyways <3

danielvarga
danielvarga
7 years ago

I hope it won’t win. Out of the potential venues it’s the smallest one. And all of us know: small venue means small number of participating countries. For example: Belgrade Arena (2008) – 25 000 – 43 countries Olimpiyskiy (2009) – 25 000 – 42 countries Esprit Arena (2011) – 66 500 – 43 countries Baku Crystal Hall (2012) – 25 000 – 42 countries Malmö Arena (2013) – 15 500 – 39 countries B&W Hallerne (2014) – 10 000 – 37 countries Wiener Stadthalle (2015) – 16 152 – 39 countries (if we count only the EBU members) So… Read more »

Daniel
Daniel
7 years ago

Wiwibloggs convinced me more on the Scandinavium. Yet I still put the Tele2 arena as my favourite.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Italy has 10,000 places more known than this

fikri
fikri
7 years ago

i was going to say no but these pictures of hot men convinved me. ornskolswhatever 2016!

George
7 years ago

Yeah, now we want more trolling unknown – behind the sun located – Swedish cities, as candidates to host.
I thought the granpa of no.4 was known for his – Guines world record sized -eyebrows.

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
7 years ago

Sounds good. It’s cool when new cities are given a chance to host ESC.

Mar
Mar
7 years ago

The pictures of those hotties are irrelevant, I’m sure we can find blond hunks in Stockholm and Gothemburg too. Now, if you said the entire local hockey team was willing to do an interval act half naked, we might be talking…

Mario
Mario
7 years ago

@ Mario, why this? Please don’t fake me !! everyone can see i am the real and GreAtY Mario Vision of Gay Love <3

esc1234
esc1234
7 years ago

No.

Rayman
Rayman
7 years ago

hurrizah:

The letter “i” in “bird” is pronounced the same way as “ö”. Keep that in mind, Europe! Börd 🙂

Holger
Holger
7 years ago

Övik is kind of a cool alternative. No more bigger-better-more each year. Remember Harrogate, Millstreet, …?

hurrizah
hurrizah
7 years ago

Ö-vik is an abreviation for the city commonly used. Now EU-friends, the “Ö” letter is kinda hard to pronounce. U need to listen to it, and practice 😀 I guess the closest english thing to the Ö is “eh”. But not even that is accurate =/

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
7 years ago

Ok number 2 convinced me örnsköldsvik 2016 it is

Mario
Mario
7 years ago

Today except the fact its the GreAtY day that Mans celebrates his 29th birthday we have the royal wedding of Sweden too! <3
The future King of Sweden Prince Carl Philip is getting married! <3
And he is very hottie babe! <3

Mario
Mario
7 years ago

@ Well you can really try but you can’t fool me..

Mario
Mario
7 years ago

Because of a minor typo in my mail adress my avatar changed..

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Happy Birthday To HERO!
7 years ago

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*A* GAPE <3
*N* UMB <3
*S* AVIOR <3

#Heroes! <3

Mario
Mario
7 years ago

Örnsköldsvik would be the perfect host city for our GreAtY Vision … 😀 <3

Mmmm
Mmmm
7 years ago

*googles Victor Hedman*

DR
DR
7 years ago

While I agree with most things on your list, except the pronunciation ( urn-shurl-dsvik.) But I learning Swedish atm anyway.
I like the idea of Örnsköldsvik , but I think the arena is too small, even if there were hunky hockey players. The town is beautiful next to forest and the sea, but it’s too far north and out of the way. I don’t know if the infrastructure will cope with 30,000 euro fans and hundreds more with press and delegations.

JiM * The Vision of Gay
JiM * The Vision of Gay
7 years ago

That WoULd be The gReatEst host citY
I loVe MarIo

Lia
Lia
7 years ago

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Otna
Otna
7 years ago

YES PLEASE! I am in love with this article, especially number 5, mrau!

Number one is so true too – slay a little Julia <3