Truly, Sweden offers so much to LGBTI travellers. Being gay, lesbian or anything in between in this Scandinavian nation has been legal since 1944. And next May, they’ll also be celebrating eight years of equal marriage – so it has long been an open-minded place to visit.
We like to say that it’s a place where narrow streets and expansive landscapes meet open minds. It really is an exciting place to visit for gay people, whether for a city break or longer stay – it has a vibrant and integrated gay scene, with over 30 LGBTI Pride festivals celebrated each year.
Whether you’re an adventure travel enthusiast, or a total foodie, have an eye for great design or appreciate beautiful people, you’ll find that there’s something for you in any part of the country. Considering everything that’s happening in the world, it’s great to be able to take a holiday in a place where you know you’re truly welcome.
Here’s some inspiration for a 2017 trip to one of the most forward-thinking destinations in the world.
1 Fashion in the archipelago
Artipelag is an international venue that sums up Stockholm, and the rest of Sweden for that matter. A center for art, culture, design and good food, beautifully set among pine trees on Värmdö in Stockholm archipelago. Furthermore, next year, 200 creations made by fashion designer Lars Wallin will be displayed and portray the creative process from idea to couture completion.
A 100-year-old shipyard in Fiskebäckskil is currently being imaginatively redesigned into a brand-new place to stay. Slipens Hotel opened on 1 November 2016 with 12 rooms (eight doubles, two superiors and two suites). Each individually designed and themed around famous characters from the past who have lived in the area – all with stunning sea-view balconies – this is bound to be popular. Plus there is also a sauna and jacuzzi on one of the jetties next to the hotel, of course – this is Sweden after all.
West Pride in Gothenburg is a fun, rapidly growing and community-driven Pride event held in June each year. Next year, the city is proud to receive its host status for Europride 2018. So visiting Gothenburg this June is a great warm-up for the extravaganza to come the following year.
Malmö’s diversity really flourishes in the city’s restaurants. What’s more, you will genuinely find flavours from all over the world. Choose crispy falafel or Michelin-starred fine dining, trendy steak houses or conscious vegan places. Exciting new places are opening all the time – find your favourite and tuck in! VisitSweden’s LGBTI foodie ambassador also recently visited and tried some gastro-tourism.
This quaint and intimate Pride festival takes place above the Arctic Circle. Furthermore, it celebrates LGBTI diversity among Swedish Lapland’s indigenous population. It’s quite and experience and one unlike any other.
Sweden is on average, about 2 hours and 30 minutes from a UK airport. Great value direct flights from a range of carriers including British Airways, Norwegian, SAS, Easyjet and Ryanair.