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Sweden is one of the most liberal countries in the world when it comes to gay rights.

If in some countries you have to look for a “gay friendly” bar to dare hold your boyfriend’s hand, in Stockholm you can skip that step – if there was ever a capital city designed by gay people for gay people to enjoy, Stockholm would be it.

Read on and you could win the chance to see just how friendly the ‘Capital of Scandinavia’ is for yourself. From the wooden houses and bohemian working class houses up on the heights of Södermalm, down the narrow streets of cobble stone in Old Town, passing through shadows cast by the sharp church steeples and the bronze lions guarding the Royal Palace. Moving zigzag between the busy pedestrians at Sergels torg, like a human flood through modern steel and glass – walking through the lavish boulevards of Östermalm all the way out to the island arcadia of Djurgården.

Stockholm, with its more than 750 years in the making, stretches out on fourteen interconnected islands, all with their own unique characteristic, history and rich cultural life.

Despite its many islands most of the city’s attractions can be reached on foot – and there’s a good chance of experiencing a lot of things in a short period of time.

Predictable? No.

Dull? Definitely not.

Gay life in Stockholm is like the city itself: easy accessible, hugely fun, easy on the eyes, varied, warm and welcoming.
The rainbow flag flies high all over the city, which is why Stockholm never really developed a specific lesbian or gay ‘district’ – but most of the gay scene can be found in the popular district of Södermalm and the beautiful Old Town.

So, is Stockholm the worlds gayest city? Find out for yourself. Enter below for your chance to win one of four weekends away for two people to one of the best city break destinations on the planet.

● A city in full glory

Stockholm is a favorite destination for gays and lesbians in search of the latest trends, relaxing atmospheres and the best parties.

TIP: Visit the Stockholm Visitors Board official blog for the best insights, tips and offers, and like their Facebook: “Stockholm in full glory” page to keep up with all the latest news.

● Where to stay

Nine Hotels are members of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network, from recently renovated luxurious old-timers like Grand Hôtel to the newest member, Rica Hotel Kungsgatan, located within the PUB department store! All of them are GayComfort certified - so you relax knowing staff are well informed and ready to welcome you, so you should feel comfortable just being yourself.

All nine hotels are located in the city centre and have the best of Stockholm to offer: beautiful, stylish rooms, close to chic shops, hip bars and a fabulous nightlife.

Grand Hôtel was recently named Sweden’s “best hotel” and “best business hotel” at the World Travel Awards in London. At the same awards, Berns Hotel was named “best boutique hotel”.

● Shop till you drop

Stockholm is a great place for shopping, and a perfect place to discover that Swedish fashion and design is so much more than skinny jeans and strangely named bookshelves from Ikea.

Different parts of the city offer different styles and designs. Visit Östermalm and indulge in tons of luxury shopping from Biblioteksgatan and eastwards, where you can find designer Efva Attlings new flagship jewellery store - or march right to Södermalm, the “hipstified” bohemian part of the city to drown yourself in vintage and second-hand shopping.
Want to know more?

Dig deep into Stockholm Gay and Lesbian Network’s shopping guide.

● Attraction news

Sweden’s first spa inspired by the world’s oldest healthcare system, Ayurveda, has recently opened at our partner hotel Clarion Hotel Stockholm. In this exotic spa environment with its warm colors and unique design you can enjoy a massage with elements of both Indian and Swedish massage, try out pilates and yoga, float around in the magnificent pool with its glass roof or book the VIP-sauna – amongst many things.

If you are looking for that special Swedish atmosphere you should visit the Nordic Spa and Fitness at Grand Hôtel. The waters, islands and islets surrounding the city have inspired this fabulous spa. Feel the tranquility in the beautiful, summer warm pools or take a treatment that calms you down or cheers you up.

“Almost 400 years old ship celebrates its fiftieth birthday”. Confusing headline? Well, yeah. The magnificent 17th century ship Vasa sank after an embarrassingly short maiden voyage in the year 1628. In 1961 the ship was successfully salvaged from the bottom of the sea, and today it is displayed at the “one of a kind” Vasa Museum. In 2011 it was exactly 50 years since the impressive warship broke the surface and the Vasa remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sweden.

Mamma Mia, here we go again. Or, more correctly, here we go for the very first time. In 2011 the Stockholm City Museum introduced its newest themed city walk: the ABBA City Walk. Stroll down memory lane in the footsteps of Sweden’s largest pop group and relive Stockholm in the seventies. During the walk you will also learn more about the transformation of Stockholm City and the emergence of the Swedish “velour man”.

● What’s going on?

Considering that Sweden only has a population of 9 million it is quite impressive that the Stockholm Pride Parade attracts about half a million spectators and 50,000 participants. With those huge numbers it is not the least surprising that the city has hosted Europride, not once - but twice.

An old favorite has returned to Stockholm’s gay nightlife. The club Judy’s, named after actor and gay icon Judy Garland, has again opened its doors after a couple of years of silence. Open mike nights invite you to take to the stage and do standup or sing a song. Fridays are especially bookmarked for the club Lezzie Fridays. Summer comes and goes, but Kolingborgs summer club Sthlm Night Fever remains. At a classic Stockholm location, this nightclub offers great music and a dancebar with lounge every Wednesday. Wide Open is a new club at Berns, hosted by DJ and drag queen Miss Inga, will offer you a variety of well-known DJs showering you in tech house all night long.

Win a date with Stockholm Discover the world's 'Favourite LGBT-Friendly City', fly with award-winning SAS Scandinavian Airlines and have a local Stockholm resident guide you - to show you some of the best of your own favourite things which the city has to offer. You can choose between six guys or girls, depending on what you are most into, each being a Stockholm ambassador for a specific theme, such as Arts & Culture, Sports, Outdoor, Fashion & Design, Food & Flavours or Music & Nightlife.

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Organised by Stockholm Visitors Board, VisitSweden, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network.

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