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April 29, 2015

A slice of cinematic history in the capital of Sweden

Located on picturesque square Maria, the Rival doesn’t look particularly imposing from the street but this is an outstanding hotel for experiencing the best that Stockholm has to offer.

A former cinema, as well as its 99 stylishly appointed guest rooms the Rival is also home to a theatre – with bands and shows regularly performing.

Locals come here for a drink or Sunday brunch, but it was a treat to check in and make this our base for our Stockholm city-break.

April 29, 2015

A floating oasis that is the best summer party in Sweden’s capital

Stockholm is a city that really comes alive in the summer.

A city of islands and bridges, wherever you are in Stockhom you seem to be surrounded by water and the low-rise skyline leaves the city basking in the bright light of the sun.

For a relatively small city, Stockholm seems to have a really vibrant LGBTI community with some fantastic bars and venues.

April 29, 2015

A classic, modern hotel in the heart of Sweden's capital

With spacious, well-appointed rooms, one of the best things about the Nordic Light hotel is its location – adjacent to the express train that is the best and easiest way to get to and from Stockholm airport.

With a vibrant lobby bar and an interesting food menu, the Nordic Light hotel gives you confidence that this would be a hassle free base from which to enjoy everything that Stockholm has to offer.

April 29, 2015

A unique hotel that offers an intimate and memorable place to stay in the capital of Sweden

The city of Stockholm is formed by 14 islands – water is ever-present and defines how the city functions and how its people live.

It that context, it seems fitting that one of the most impressive accommodation options for your visit to Sweden is found on a boat.

April 29, 2015

This SoFo landmark gives you Brooklyn style in the capital of Sweden

Strategically positioned on Nytorget square, Urban Deli is a sprawling grocery store, deli, bar and cafe. Urban Deli wears its community-conscious heart and its politics on its sleeve, while serving up some fantastic food and the kind of atmosphere where you could happily spend the day there.

Our super-cute waiter recommended we try beer from the Stockholm Brewing Co.
'It's made in a garage about 200 metres from here' he explained. It was a good choice.

April 29, 2015

Between EuroGames and Stockholm Pride, this stylish city is having its gayest year yet – from smorgasbords to schlager rooms, GSN finds out how the Scandi capital took on the world of LGBT travel and won

If ever there is a time to visit Stockholm, it's the summer of 2015. Already there's a palpable buzz around what will be an almost month-long LGBTI party, beginning with Stockholm Pride (from 27 July to 1 August) and concluding with EuroGames (from 5-9 August).

April 27, 2015

Swedish capital recognized for reaching out to LGBTI travellers

Stockholm was the big winner in the 'Destination' category at the LGBT Awards over the weekend.

Fighting off strong competition, Stockholm inched ahead of cities including Key West, Vancouver and Naples to take home the prize.

April 18, 2015

Life is too short for bad food

Nothing beats good food and we love trying out restaurants and bars around the world. Here are a few of our recent reviews:

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

October 7, 2014

Drinks at the Opera House, mouth-watering Asian cuisine and our favorite gay club in town… you’re guaranteed a repeat date for being so savvy in Stockholm

Whether you’re a Stockholm local, or heading to the Swedish capital for a weekend trip, follow these tips and you’re sure to get some...

We’re talking about culture (and a repeat date) of course.

Stockholm, made up of thousands of little islands, is bursting with venues and activities ranging from romantic to rowdy that are ideal for taking that special someone (even if its just yourself) on a date.

LGBTI couples have little to worry about in Stockholm.

August 19, 2014

Watch a video in which a Swedish Police officer busts his move with a participant in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade

A Swedish Police officer has found internet fame after he was captured getting his groove on with a reveler in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade.

The police officer couldn’t resist getting into the spirit of the event and challenged a marcher to a dance off, tapping him on the shoulder to let him know the dance gauntlet had been thrown down.

Marchers cheered the police officer as he attempted to outdo his dance partner with his audacious moves.

July 2, 2014

What you are about to see isn’t a real-life rendition of Disney’s Frozen. It’s the ICEHOTEL built in Sweden, a nature experience unlike any other

‘Watch out for the polar bears,’ our pilot said with a chuckle as we stepped out into the tarmac in the Swedish town Kiruna.

In Kiruna, an iron-mining town 200km north of the Arctic Circle, there aren’t really many polar bears, but it is cold.

Which makes it the perfect place to build a hotel made out of ice and snow.

25 years ago a Swedish man from Jukkasjärvi went on a trip to travel the world. In Japan he met creative ice sculptors who were building impressive structures out of ice.

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.