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A guide to Swedish Pride in 2017: From big music festivals to lapland!

Pride celebrations in Sweden mean a lot to the local gay community and Swedes at large.

Sweden loves its reputation as one of the world’s most open-minded countries, after all – being gay there was made legal as early as 1944, with a flurry of positive advances for LGBTQ people in the decades to follow.

2017 sees around 25 individual LGBTQ Pride festivals across Sweden, from the quaint Sapmi Pride in Swedish Lapland, to the biggest Pride event in Scandinavia, Stockholm Pride. Stockholm and Gothenburg are also gearing up to celebrate Europride in 2018, so this year aims to be a fabulous warm up for a big gay summer next year.

Each event is fully inclusive and welcoming for visitors, so there are great opportunities throughout the year to sample a slice of gay Swedish lifestyle and take part in the revelry.

West Pride –  7-11 June 2017 

Some exciting news from Gothenburg and West Sweden this year is that West Pride, the fun-filled community driven LGBTQ Pride festival has joined forces with international music festival Way Out West. At a time where division seems to be the order of the day around the world, the infamous western Swedish festivals are standing together to make a clear commitment to human rights.

This is of course in addition to all the wonderful reasons why Gothenburg and West Sweden is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year. For more inspiration visit www.gothenburg.com and www.westsweden.com

Luleå Pride – 16-18 June 2017

Luleå, the biggest city in Swedish Lapland is a relative newcomer to the Pride calendar, having only celebrated its first Pride in 2012. Since then it has become a permanent part of Alla hjärtans stad (Valentine’s City) and draws the entire local community out in support, regardless of sexual orientation.

Luleå, is the biggest city in Swedish Lapland with a vibrant city life, closeness to nature; the islands, the sea and river valleys. It has an incredibly youthful population, mainly because of its universities – and with that comes a cosmopolitan way of life. It is also the gateway to many of Swedish Lapland’s delights, including the stunning Tree Hotel.

More about Luleå and Swedish Lapland at www.swedishlapland.com

Stockholm Pride –  31 July – 6 August 2017

Stockholm Pride remains the largest Pride Festival in Scandinavia since 1998. Stockholm Pride strives to raise awareness for LGBT+ issues, and create a safe zone for LGBT+ people and the gender expressions within the community. They believe that love and equality should exist everywhere and reach out beyond the country, across the world in its work.

The city of Stockholm really needs no introduction, easily the ‘gay capital of Scandinavia’. It was the first ever winner of the British LGBT Award for ‘Destination of the Year’ back in 2013 and has been nominated by the British public, every year, ever since. It’s one of Europe’s most stunning cities, not to mention home to what is arguably Europe’s most good looking guys.

More about the Swedish capital at: www.visitstockholm.com

Malmö Pride – 4 – 10 August

Malmö Pride has added colour to a summer of festivals in the city of Malmö since 1995, aiming to spread both knowledge of LGBTQI rights and joy of life to the city. It closes of the Swedish Pride season and really takes over the city, rounding off a season of well known sexuality and gender positive events.

Malmö is a progressive, contemporary and forward looking city – a brilliant place for a long weekend. It is also the gateway to the ‘garden of Sweden’, Skåne – a mythical land of unending nature, rolling hills and mysterious castles. 

For more on Malmö visit www.malmotown.com and for further details on Skåne, check out www.visitskane.com.

For year-round gay and lesbian travel inspiration to Sweden, head over to www.visitswedenlgbt.com or join the conversation on social media with #SwedenYoureWelcome

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