World Swimming Championships Host Cities

Here are all the host cities and year of the World Swimming Championships since the first in 1973. In 1998, FINA decided to move the Championships from a four cycle to a two year cycle, though with the upheaval of the world's sporting calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be held annually between 2022-2025.



Three cities have hosted the championships twice: Barcelona (2003 & 2013), Rome (1994 & 2009) and Perth (1991 & 1998). In 2022, Budapest will host the event for the second time, and in 2023 Fukuoka will do the same.

Number Year City Country
23 2027 Budapest Hungary
22 2025 Kazan Russia
21 2024 Doha Qatar
20 2023 Fukuoka Japan
19 2022 Budapest Hungary
18 2019 Gwangju South Korea
17 2017 Budapest Hungary
16 2015 Kazan Russia
15 2013 Barcelona Spain
14 2011 Shanghai China
13 2009 Rome Italy
12 2007 Melbourne Australia
11 2005 Montreal Canada
10 2003 Barcelona Spain
9 2001 Fukuoka Japan
8 1998 Perth Australia
7 1994 Rome Italy
6 1991 Perth Australia
5 1986 Madrid Spain
4 1982 Guyaquil Ecuador
3 1978 Berlin West Germany
2 1975 Cali Colombia
1 1973 Belgrade Yugoslavia (now Serbia)


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