Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

Swedish police have confirmed that visiting police officers from Denmark and Norway will help maintain order and protect the public during the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö.

This so-called “Nordic Force” will guard Malmö Arena — the epicenter of action during the Eurovision fortnight — along with public events and hotels. They will also be on hand during the many demonstrations that are expected to take place during festivities. 

According to Swedish broadcaster SVT, “the police effort surrounding Eurovision in Malmö is expected to be one of the largest in Swedish history.”

“Thousands of police officers are involved and in Skåne [the region that is home to Malmö], police officers will not be granted any time off in connection with the event.”

Eurovision 2024 security: Swedish police discuss potential drone attacks

Per Engström, Sweden’s police chief, told SVT that police have brought in special technology and equipment that can counter incoming drones that could menace the contest.

“Of course drones can disrupt the event,” he says. “A no-fly zone will be established and with this system we can monitor it and ensure compliance…we have this equipment in other contexts as well.”

Sweden’s military are also involved in security measures, but they aren’t commenting on their involvement.

Engström doesn’t want people to overreact to the news that they’re preparing for all eventualities, whether that’s riotous demonstrations or complex attacks by international terror groups. 

“We do not currently see a specific targeted threat against the event, but there is a threat against Sweden as a country and as a nation. That naturally includes Eurovision as well.”

 

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Socrates Superstar
Socrates Superstar
29 days ago

It always begins with ignoring/excluding Israelis/Jews, demonizing them, denying them of the right to defend themselves from terror and hatred. I don’t want to think where it could end. This website as well as other eurofans and influencers have a responsibility. It is clear you choose to marginalize Israel and Israelis this year, even though the EBU accepted the Israeli entry. Your biased attitude is not professional and paves the way for bullying and further aggression towards Israelis, Jews or other fans who just happen to think differently and find it hard voicing their opinion in the current hostile atmosphere… Read more »

Arsenic
Arsenic
29 days ago

Think of Israel as a kid who has been bullied for a very long time. You support him and feel for him until one day, that kid, in turn, starts to bully other kids so hard that it terrifies all the people who supported him in the first place. I’m not saying that all the hatred and unbiased treatment are justified, but let’s face it, you don’t have to look very far to be able to at least find it unsurprising or at most understand it.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
28 days ago

Is it okay to boo Eden and the gang while on stage?
Asking for friends…

Cassette
Cassette
27 days ago
Reply to  Vjera Brdar

Yes its more than ok. Its actively encouraged.

Amina
Amina
1 month ago

Definitely not the year to attend

Arch
Arch
1 month ago

#boycottsweden

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Arch

#boycottpalestine

Arch
Arch
1 month ago

Oh my God!!!! “there is a threat against Sweden as a country and as a nation…” I’m speechless. So why were they allowed to organise the contest? I don’t get it. Luckily for them they are surrounded by very friendly and patient neighbour that are willing to help them. Yes, they can do cheap music that more often than not wins the contest, but not much more. Even to ensure the security they have to ask for help!…

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Arch

UK has a higher alert than Sweden yet managed to pull it off. Dont know if you know but almost every country in Europe is on high security alert. Which country do you think shoud be allowed to host?
Not much more? Except for organizing six contests and producing many other editions whose crew were to unexperienced or to incompetent to do it themselves. Just ask Kiev 2017

Arsenic
Arsenic
29 days ago
Reply to  Arch

Smells a a hell of a lot like jealousy around here doesn’t it? ? Just chill. Enjoy the contest.

Boris
Boris
29 days ago
Reply to  Arch

And what have your own country contributed to the world?

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

I feel sorry for Loreen. She won for Sweden only for the contest to be hijacked by blood thirsty Israeli’s polluting it with their propaganda and ‘woe is me’ victim mentality. At this point there is going to be more armed security than fans in Malmo, all to keep Eden Gargoyle and the murderous Israeli war thugs happy.

Gosh
Gosh
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

oh, poor u.

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago
Reply to  Gosh

Yes, we are all poorer with Israel’s inclusion so thank you for the sympathy.

Gosh
Gosh
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Better educate yourself and improve your manners.

Angelina
Angelina
28 days ago
Reply to  Cassette

Cassette, I have seen your comments before here.
Joking about the Screams of the cats and other Pets in the kibbutzim who were trapped, shot at and set afire by H@m@s and their fellow invaders,
Joking about the Screams of the people who were tied up together with strings by H@m@s, set afire and burnt alive.

Gosh
Gosh
1 month ago

I find such information becoming public and a topic of discussion is absolutely nonsense and wrong. Just do whatever it needs for the safety, no need of sharing sensitive information that may endanger the safety itself. Highest level on security shouldn’t be a task for some days these day. Especially now when propaganda has reborn and created the freedom topic wrongly understood with aggression and hatred mixed. It shouldn’t be in the “news” that the measures has been taken.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
29 days ago
Reply to  Gosh

Well said.
Everytime I eead similar articles I’m always shaking my head, like why discuss this AT ALL!?

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

What a nasty bunch the h4m4s mob are to threaten Eurovision with drone attacks and terror plots.

But the ESC fans who find themselves on the same side as them are even nastier still.

Israel to win, Tel Aviv 25!

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago
Reply to  Azuro

Your paranoid delusions of grandeur are laughable. There’s no way horse face Eden Gargoyle is winning.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

I’m preparing myself for the final to be cancelled. Needlessly, I hope.

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago

I feel sorry for the artis representing Israel Eden Golan, the true winner this year but if she is booed when on stage by the audience and people stop voting because of Israel and Palestinian situation then eurovision viewers will only show how heartless and nasty they are to kick something that has got nothing to do with politic, that entry Hurricane will still be the winner regardless of nasty reactions and responses, war is everybody’s respisibility, people need to stop fighting but we don’t

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovisionary

She’s nothing but a part of propaganda machine

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Then the whole of eurovision is part of it, big portion, please give me a break

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovisionary

Big proportion

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

She’s not… She’s a singer willing to represent her country at Eurovision.
She’s an Israeli citizen who experienced October 7th (3rd biggest terr0r attack) and feels the pain of that day and the war.
Nothing in the song is meant to convince you to think one thing or another about the war.

Indiana07
Indiana07
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

She has also illegally visited the occupated Crimea many times and worked with people who support the aggression in Ukraine.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovisionary

Forget the politic, she is just not good enough for a victory and it’s time for you to realize that.

Dane
Dane
1 month ago

sad that some have so much hatred that it has to go beyond everyone else

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago

Expect attack anywhere, this is in humans nature, sad and harsh reality ? world ? doesn’t need eurovision anymore and eurovision is no bridge of love, politics everywhere everything’s ruined, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if this comment was deleted, no respect no understanding no care everything’s all about money, stop cruelty

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovisionary

We need Eurovisionaries, not Eurodontanries like you.

Eurovisionary
Eurovisionary
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonny

You need medicines or you will do more attack on comments certainly far from eurovisionary

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
1 month ago

such a shame, it feels like this year has been hijacked by politics (I know there is politics every year but not on this scale).
the least we can do is show support to all the artists and do our best to focus on the songs and the performances, and celebrating the winner

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Good. Safety is most important thing here. And no, absence of Israel at Eurovision wouldn’t stop the terrorists in their intentions.

Europotato
Europotato
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

How’s that now?

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
1 month ago
Reply to  Europotato

Apparently Sweden has been on high alert against terrorism since last year, and even more so since the recent attack in Moscow.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Nothing will happen at ESC this year. I do think a no fly zone is a bit OTT but delegations like Israel who would probably be facing the bulk of the threats are spending a fortune on their security too. I read mossad is telling Eden and the rest of the delegation to stay in their hotel room inbetween rehearsals and ESC night.

ESC 2024 will be fine, as far as potential security threats go anyway. Reaction of the general public is another thing though…

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

but who strangled the screaming cat in the kibbutz aka Eden Gargoyle? Good morning Saigon.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Eden Godlan is one of the best vocalists this year, thank you.

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Why in Malmo there are so many threats? Is it because of the denish? british? Or the peacefull muslims immigrants who conqured the entire city and sweadish local are afraid to go in those neighborhoods? or just because one girl is singing?

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Just because a zionist is singing

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

I guess, this is why Sweden has to expell all those terrorists from the country

Gosh
Gosh
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

P$$sy is commenting around.

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

She is not a girl. She looks like a horse.

Angelina
Angelina
28 days ago
Reply to  Cassette

I have seen your comments before here.
Joking about the Screams of the cats and other Pets in the kibbutzim who were trapped, shot at and set afire by H@m@s and their fellow invaders,
Joking about the Screams of the people who were tied up together with strings, set afire and burnt alive.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Even if Israel was not in Eurovision this year, we would’ve still had large scale security measures in place. Swedish authorities have been on high alert since August 2023 (threat level raised to 4) and also the recent Crocus City Mall attack in Moscow influenced some of the measures.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Precaution is to AVOID panic, not cause it! Sleep easy, people, all will go smoothly.

sparkling points
sparkling points
1 month ago

Apparently ever since Mü nchen 1972 I s r a e l’s representatives of all kinds have been under prot e ction abroad. And it’s 2024 now!!!

Jessie
Jessie
1 month ago

Why they didn’t choose Stockholm as a host city?

Karlos
Karlos
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

Taylor Swift

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

Logistics.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

To put it in short terms: The Eras Tour.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

I’m not so sure of that. It was probably not gonna be at Friends anyway. I’d say more because of the ongoing renovation plans for Aviici Globen.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

Because they offered to build a temporary arena at waterside, that was their bid.
They never offered Friends Arena or the the other arenas

Sun
Sun
1 month ago

I do not believe that the terrorist group H@-m@s has the capacity for an attack of these characteristics. It would not be the first time in history that someone commits an attack in the name of another to blame them and continue deceiving the world. I hope nothing happens. Peace in the world. STOP geno-cides.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

You realise Hmas are not the only terr0rists in the world?

Sun
Sun
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Of course. I know some terrorist states too

salomon the sardine
salomon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

Like: Iran, China, Russia, North Korea etc, basically all countries who support H@m@s. Yes, I agree.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Sun

Yes they can’t attack but Europe is facing a crISIS from something else.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

All because of some nuts who are supposedly supporting peace. Go figure.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Samo

you have peaceful protesters and you have attention seeking rioters, there is a difference still

but good that they take precautionary measures, to provide security for 100.000 visitors as well as all participating countries delegation members, artists, but also production crew, host presenters, interval act artists you need to make sure they feel safe

the no fly zone especially is a good one, then you can much easier spot on drones with police snipers on rooftops

Salmon the sardine
Salmon the sardine
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Those “peaceful” protests don’t even have one protest sign of “Peace”.
The irony. lol

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

there were also threats back in 2016 pre contest in Stockholm, as i can remember correctly

just have increased security measures, extra screening before people are allowed in the euroclubs and in the eurovillage and in the esc venue itself

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I think almost every edition of ESC has had threats aimed at them, its that kind of event.
And almost every edition has been held during tense situations. I remember the 2008 edition in Belgrade being held withextreme security measures being taken. The 2012 edition was also being target of hackers

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I wonder if the fashion police will make many arrests

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Shame that the contest has been hijacked by protests and demonstrations, both for and against Israel. Like the whole focus is about Israel rather than the contest itself. It is hard to find the joy and fun that ESC is about when all you read is about boycotts, artist pressure and shaming Malmö for allowing Israel. The contest is more than just about one country taking part, dont ruin the fun for the rest of us. And if you are to blaim and protest then do it where it matters, blaming Malmö and protest outside arena when its not even… Read more »

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

The problem is not all protests are even fine… Look at those threats to use violence, that’s not ok! And that’s coming from one side of it.
The contest is ruined by those who will do anything it takes to stop Israel from competing. It’s not parallel.
Plus, all those blogs and other media sources are definitely enjoying talking about it non-stop.
Most people do wish to enjoy the music and celebrate all 37 songs.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

yes, it ruined my mood kinda, usually i had more fun but this kinda makes me more depressed and i react it all out on the entries (which also isn’t good) i like most entries this year, lots of listenable songs (not listening to the entries too much however i wanna preserve some of that magic for esc week) so yes i apologize for my recent behaviour

i will celebrate all 37 songs, may the best song win, and may all 37 entries have wonderfully stunning stagings and exciting performances too

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

When I need to ask my neighbours for help because the security situation is so precarious in my own country, I would think about what I did wrong to do this to my own country. Hint: Eden Golan’s presence is not causing the danger in the streets Malmö.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

People downvoting you while ignoring reality xD
On the same note, we could tell LGBTQ people to stay in the closet to prevent homophobic incidents.
That’s what people are asking Israel to do – to let terr0rists win.
Israel isn’t the reason for the threat on Eurovision – the violent people are!
So sad the readers here don’t see it.

musica
musica
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

So sad the readers here aren’t in the same far right bubble as you are 🙂

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  musica

It’s funny how different people think I’m at the other side of the political map xD
Some think I’m a lefty, some think I’m a far right as you say.
Instead of trying to label me, read what I’m saying, and most importantly, don’t assume my opinions based on nothing.
I said nothing here that is “far right”.
If some people are threatening to use violence and you don’t think they’re to blame for it, you’re just blind. It doesn’t make me far right.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Yes, good neighbours help eachother. Which is why police from Sweden went to Copenhagen to help out with their ESC.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Yes they certainly do. 2 neighbors needing to provide security to make a song contest happen still tells a story way beyond neighborly help but you know that, of course. This isn’t in the mainstream news right now because of neighbours helping each other.

No.
No.
1 month ago

And there is one single thing to do to avoid all of this…

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  No.

Yes, find out in advance those who wish to harm the fans and arrest them.
Afterwards, condemning violence would be a nice step.

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  No.

Not really, Sweden is known for idiots burning qurans as well which has not flown well in parts of the world either…so it is not only the Israel thing that makes this particular ESC a target.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Boris

Thus just proves the terror Sweden has inflicted upon themselves. Sweden is supposed to be a free secular country. Nobody should be afraid of burning a propaganda book there.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Boris

anyone is free to burn whatever they want to burn even though it’s stupid in my opinion. Sweden is a free country.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Have you heard of “Where they burn books, they also burn people”?
Not even 100 years ago, we saw it happening.
1938, burning bibles and other Jewish books, stores, whatever, and one year later, world war 2 started, with the Holocaust.
Freedom should have its limitis.
Burning holy books shouldn’t be allowed.
I’m Jewish, and I will never dream of burning a Quran.

musica
musica
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Usually the people who get extremely offended by book burnings are the ones who rarely read. Just like the people who burn them.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  musica

Well, that wasn’t the point of what I said… So you missed it.
When you lose respect to other cultures, religions, you lose respect to the people.

musica
musica
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

You say that burning holy books shouldn’t be allowed. That’s something else than whether it’s respectful or tasteful. Nobody should go to jail for burning a book. This kind of religious fanaticism is exactly what’s the problem at the root of all this idiocy.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  musica

I’m not even religious and I think it should be forbidden.
People care about religion a lot, and burning those books has no meaning other than to spread hate.
We, as a society, are talking about “hate crimes”, and burning holy books is one of them.
No one has to be religious, but burning those books is pointless and tasteless altogether.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  No.

I’m assuming you ban to mean Israel. You people are out of your minds and you don’t even know it. Basically, the thing to avoid terrorism is giving in to terrorists. Brilliant logic. What could go wrong?

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  No.

Yes, find those who threaten to disrupt the contest and the fans going to the contest and jail them for life.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  No.

Calling Nutsa who will put out the fire!!

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago

While I’m glad the security is taken seriously, one would ask about the drones thing.
In addition to that, one should ask themselves who are the people threatening to attack during the event, and realise they are the true bad people.
Just saying that before people blame Israel for that, cause Israel has no plans to attack Malmo.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Fans don’t blame Israel but EBU for letting Israel participate.

However, regardless of what we believe, this is happening and Israel is taking part. Why would threats exist though? it’s a contest with fans celebrating it, not Netanyahu’s HQ.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

I agree, it’s a contest, in which Israel takes part since 1973.
The only ones to blame for the violence and the threats, are those who threat, and wish to use violence.
It’s not Israel’s fault if people want to start attacking Eurovision fans in Malmo.
The EBU took the right decision in letting Israel participate and I hope the fans will open their eyes to the reality, in which they support the violent people and not Israel, who wants to sing.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Well let’s hope they qualify on Thursday night