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Midsummer celebration
With roots in pagan times, Midsummer is a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, but it is also a celebration of life and love.
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LGBT+ Sweden

Sweden has a reputation for being one of the most open-minded, welcoming countries in the world. It’s a place where diversity and inclusion is important, thus making it a fantastic travel destination for LGBT+ people from all over the world.

Sweden has hosted Europride three times in three decades, in both Stockholm and Gothenburg. But Pride is celebrated all over Sweden, with over 30 different Prides celebrations up and down the country throughout the year. This includes the very special Sapmi Pride, a festival to recognize the indigenous population of Swedish Lapland and all of Scandinavia, first founded in Sweden in 2014. In fact, there are more Pride festivals per-capita in Sweden than in anywhere else in the world.

Furthermore 2019 heralds the 75th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Sweden. This is why people often say Sweden has been “gay since 1944.” Add to this, 10 years of equal same-gender marriage, Sweden has a lot to be proud of when it comes to being part of the global LGBT+ community.

A visit to LGBT+ friendly Sweden is guaranteed to excite and inspire. Stockholm is regarded as one of the world’s most ‘Open Cities’ – a beautiful and sophisticated city with an inclusive LGBT scene. It’s also when the city turns into one, big summer party for Stockholm Pride, Scandinavia’s biggest Pride festival and allegedly Sweden’s biggest annual event. But whatever time of year you visit, urban adventurers will also revel in Stockholm’s delicious foodie scene and its passion for art, architecture and design.

Gothenburg is another fabulous city with a strong LGBT+ community. Each year, the city kicks off the summer season with West Pride, that attracts travellers from miles around. Plus it’s a summer full of festivals and wonderful things to do. The city is also the gateway to the gorgeous archipelago and countryside of West Sweden, so it will come as no surprise that Gothenburg boasts some of the freshest, most innovative restaurant concepts around. From the world’s densest concentration of Michelin stars considering its population, to everyday eats, Gothenburg is sure to delight gay and lesbian foodies.

But wherever you go in the country, Sweden is a place that truly welcomes you regardless of where you come from, who you love or whatever your interests. It really is a place that is Open to Everyone.

For more LGBT+ travel inspiration, visit our dedicated portal at www.visitsweden.lgbt

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Fathers and parental leave

Parental leave is a central part of Swedish family life. Parental leave is paid for 480 days, shared between mother and father. 90 days are reserved for each parent while the remaining days can be shared at will. This is mainly to encourage equality and shared responsibility.

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Fathers and parental leave

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View of Stockholm City Hall

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Music festival

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Stockholm Pride

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Pride

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