The Rainbow Capital
Is Stockholm the world’s gayest city?
Some people say that if there was ever a capital city designed by gay people for gay people to enjoy, Stockholm would be it!
This is the city that has given the world gay icons for hundreds of years, from ”Queer” Queen Kristina in the 17th century to modern day icons like Abba, Greta Garbo, Lisbeth Salander, Robyn and ”True Bloods” vampire Viking, actor Alexander Skarsgård.
Are you looking for more than just a neighbourhood with gay-friendly bars? Stockholm is a favorite destination for gays and lesbians in search of a cosmopolitan city that offers the latest trend a relaxing atmospheres and the best parties.
Returning to the question in the beginning of this text: is Stockholm the worlds gayest city? Well, we’ll leave the answer up to you. (But yeah, probably).
Navigayting through Stockholm
Gay life in Stockholm is like the city itself: easily accessible, hugely fun, easy on the eyes, highly varied, warm and welcoming. Stockholm can be gay, gay-friendly, or simply friendly.
Swedes are not famous for bragging, but there is no denying that Stockholm is considered as one of the most beautiful citys in the world.
The capital spreads out upon fourteen islands, between the deep blue of the Baltic Sea and the tranquil Lake Mälaren. With it’s medieval origins, dating back more than 750 years, Stockholm is a mix of cobblestone and ancient alleyways and modern day architecture. With it’s rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions.
Stockholm has no gay enclave as such, but gay and gay-friendly establishments are scattered throughout the city and rainbow flags fly high in many of Stockholm’s central districts. But the greatest concentration of gay bars and clubs is to be found in two areas: the trendy Södermalm district and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, one of the best-kept medieval cities in the world.
The QX Gay Map covers clubs, restaurants and bars, and is available at www.qx.se
How to get to Stockholm
By air to Stockholm
SAS Scandinavian Airlines, www.flysas.com/gay
SAS is northern Europe‟s largest airline and one of the world‟s most LGBT-friendly airlines. In 2010 the airline hosted the world‟s first gay and lesbian weddings in the air through the hugely successful social media campaign Love is in the air. SAS is the national airline of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
To and from the airport
Arlanda Express, www.arlandaexpress.com
Arlanda Express is the fastest way into town from Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. It only takes 20 minutes from the airport to the Central Station in Stockholm. It’s also by far the most environmentally friendly way. Arlanda Express has been awarded the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation’s eco-label “Good Environmental Choice”. For the tenth consecutive year, Arlanda Express has been Sweden’s most punctual train operator (the Swedish Transport Administration). Arlanda Express often offers discounts, especially at the weekends.
Pride – Celebrating gay culture
More than half a million people and a dead king can’t be wrong: Stockholm Pride is a perfect celebration of gay culture.
The festivals mix of party, politics and culture turns this summer hot capital into a bustling city painted in the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it was first held in 1998, Stockholm Pride has grown to become Stockholm’s largest annual festival, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia.
The week-long festival culminates in the annual Stockholm Pride parade with about 50,000 participants and more than 500,000 spectators who gather to watch the procession of Viking Bears and butches, boy toys and drag queens, gay Christians and gay policemen … you name it!
And the aforementioned dead king? Well, the extravagant king Gustav III (1746-1792) would have loved the parade, which is why it stops at his statue, located below the Royal Palace, and lays a wreath of flowers at his feet.
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