It has emerged that the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest went four times over the original budget, costing 334 million Danish Krone. The contest cost an eye watering 44,865,088 (Euro) to hold with the contest being paid for by DR the Danish national broadcaster and Wonderful Copenhagen the tourism board for the Danish capital.
The final cost has only been revealed today through the Danish Parliament after DR had withheld documents showing the full cost. DR spent 197 million Krone (26,462,342 Euro) on the contest, while Wonderful Copenhagen spent 137 million Krone (18,402,745 Euro). It was also revealed that the contest ended up with a 58 million Krone deficit (7,790,943 Euro), this was put down to the cost of renovating the B&W Hallerne for the contest.
The cost of hosting the contest in recent years has been increasingly significantly, the costs in recent years are as follows:
- 2007 – Helsinki – 17.5 million Euro
- 2009 – Moscow – 33 million Euro
- 2014 – Baku – 60 million Euro
- 2013 – Malmo – 14.5 million Euro
- 2014 – Copenhagen – 44.865 million Euro
Source: Jyllands Posten