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July 1, 2014

Sweden’s Kiruna IF ice hockey team will wear the gay pride colors on their uniforms for their 2014-2015 season as they seek to become the first Swedish sports club to be certified as an LGBTI welcoming organization

Players from Sweden’s Kiruna IF ice hockey club will wear uniforms decked out in the colors of the gay pride flag for the next 12 months as part of a bid to become the first sporting association to receive certification by the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights has certified businesses and organizations since 2008 that are committed to providing a good working environment and respectful treatment of LGBTI people and Kiruna IF’s certification process began in June.

June 18, 2014

As part of EuroGames 2015, the Swedish capital will also welcome gay and lesbian pro swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics championship

LGBT athletes will be using their skills to combat homophobia and anti-gay politics next year at the EuroGames held in Stockholm.

Held about three times per decade, and previously hosted in Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp, The EuroGames will be hosted in Stockholm.

As part of the 5 to 9 August program, the city has announced it will also host the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics Championships.

June 16, 2014

Straight-friendly bars, specialty cocktails and free goodies from the most fashionable streets in Gothenburg make this Swedish city’s Gay Pride festivities one for the books

Stockholm, sure. Lapland, naturally. Malmo, of course, who doesn’t love The Bridge?!

But if you are thinking of Sweden and you haven’t thought of Gothenburg, then you’re missing a trick. A beautiful, perfectly formed, walk able, friendly, delicious trick!

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city, home to two universities, and ranked 12th Most Innovative City in The World by Forbes Magazine. Considering you can walk from one end of Gothenburg to the other in 20mins, there is a lot packed into this perfectly formed city on the west coast of Sweden.

May 15, 2014

Join gorgeous ‘Gothenburgers’ this summer as Queens of the Stone Age, Janelle Monae, Neneh Cherry and more take over the city’s summer festival circuit

The world’s most celebrated musicians descend on Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, this summer.

From a May festival celebrating everything LGBTQ, to a three-day party welcoming huge names like Queens of the Stone Age and Janelle Monae, Gothenburg this summer will be dripping in lagom.

What is ‘lagom’, you ask?

Lagom is pronounced ‘law-gum’ and is a word that represents the inherent Swedish notion of equality.

March 26, 2014

Culture vultures look no further than Sweden’s capital for a fun romp into Scandinavian art, photography, dance and of course the plushest places to lay your head

No animals were harmed in the writing of this article.

The pink poodle referenced goes by the name of Rose, and she’s not been dyed pink. She’s a bubble-gum colored plastic rubbish bin sitting outside the Stockholm City Museum.

If the trash bins are anything to go by, Sweden’s capital is a hot bed of creativity, and the museum itself along with other cultural institutions promise the coolest of intercontinental art from photography to dance.

November 27, 2013

A holiday discount at the chic Hotel Rival (owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame) is one of the many ways to enjoy the city’s best Christmas markets, designer shops and foodie stops

The style capital of Stockholm is one of the world’s most LGBTI friendly cities.

With Christmas markets galore, December is the perfect time to visit for holiday shopping and a spot of indulgence.

Stockholm is a beautiful city of 14 islands connected by bridges, and winter transforms the region into a true wonderland - the city takes on a romantic feel as the the water ices over around the city, announcing the season's arrival.

November 26, 2013

The LGBT event will attract 200,000 visitors to the Swedish capital

Stockholm was announced as the host of LGBT sporting event EuroGames in 2015 today (26 November).

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Swedish capital for one of the biggest LGBT events in the world.

Held between 5-9 August 2015, the event will offer exhibitions, activities, attractions and lectures alongside its sporting events, many of which will be free.

‘Stockholm is known worldwide as an open, welcoming destination,’ Regina Kevius, Stockholm’s Sport Commissioner, said.

August 3, 2013

‘I wanted to come here so I could be who I am,' a 22-year-old gay Russian says, ‘I hope Russia will have a day like this one day’

It takes about an hour to fly from Stockholm in Sweden to St Petersburg in Russia.

In one city, Pride is the biggest festival of the year with half a million lining the streets to celebrate diversity, equality and love.

And in another, it is illegal to hold a Gay Pride event in fear it would be ‘propaganda’ to children.

This year’s Stockholm Pride is special because it is the first to explicitly invite LGBT Russians to Sweden, giving them a safe haven from the anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws signed by President Vladimir Putin in June.

April 4, 2013

The Swedish capital is world center for design and style spread across 14 stunning islands, as well as ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’

Love them or loathe them, ABBA remain one of Sweden’s most successful exports with a special place in the heart of many a dancing queen. And ABBA fans are again beating a path to the new ABBA museum opening in May in Stockholm.

But there is a lot more you can do in what they call ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’.

January 15, 2013

GSN meets the Stockholm Dolphins, the city's LGBT swimming club

Continuing our series profiling the world’s LGBT sports clubs, we meet Mats Grindal, one of the founders of the Stockholm Dolphins Swim Club.

When was the Stockholm Dolphins swim club established?

We founded the club in December 1999.

December 6, 2012

Sweden, the home of football's only openly gay pro player Anton Hysén, is shocked after footballers shouted homophobic insults

A Swedish football club has fired all of their players after complaints they had hurled homophobic remarks at members of a rival team.

During a recent Division Seven match with the Stockholm Snipers, players from Sörskogens IF were heard shouting insults such as ‘you suck cock for 50 kronor’, ‘all of you have HIV’, and ‘we’re probably going to get infected’.

Club chair Ketil Torp said: ‘We had no choice but to suspend the entire team. That kind of language isn't appropriate for football or anywhere else.’

June 25, 2012

DJ and alternative gay scene svengali Amy Lamé checks out the coolest LGBT hangouts in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm

Let’s face it: Sweden is a nation of beauty. And that’s just the people.

The country that has given us ABBA, IKEA, and Loreen is also a world leader in LGBT equality. And they aren’t afraid of shouting about it, either.