Stockholm Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Stockholm

|  7 February 2022
QX Gaygala 2022: glamorous awards show hosted by the LGBT magazine QX whose readers have voted in several categories.
@ Cirkus (Djurgårdsslätten 43-45)
|  12 March 2022
Melodifestivalen 2022: grand final of the Swedish song contests, selecting Sweden's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, in May. (Even if that's not your cup of tea, be aware that the final will be omnipresent in the bars, clubs and restaurants all over Stockholm that night.)
@ Friends Arena
|  3 – 9 October 2022
Cinema Queer 2022: annual international film festival with queer movies, parties and forums.

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ****, from 800 SEK
Home of the Icebar in Stockholm, the first permanent ice bar in the world.
Located in the center of Stockholm, next to the Arlanda Express airport train station.
@ Vasaplan 4
Stockholm 11120

About Stockholm and its gay life

Being older than 750 years, Stockholm today is a modern, technologically-advanced, liberal and ethnically diverse city. Many visitors are impressed by the beauty of the city on the fourteen islands and enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Stockholm's many sights include the Old Town (Gamla Stan), the Royal Palace, the much-visited maritime Vasa Museum, Berzelii Park, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Djurgården peninsula and the ABBA Museum.

Sweden is one of the most liberal countries in the world regarding gay rights. It was one of the first countries introducing civil unions and anti-discrimination laws. People in Sweden – and especially in Stockholm – are quite open-minded and many hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars are explicitly LGBT-friendly.

Stockholm is often called the gay capital of Sweden and even of Scandinavia. However, due to the small population in Sweden and Stockholm you shouldn't expect a large gay scene. Stockholm certainly is not a heaven for cruising in saunas or clubs, but it is a relaxed and pleasant place for socialising in tasteful gay and gay-friendly cafes, restaurants and clubs.

There are no gay districts in Stockholm, but most cafes, restaurants and clubs are located in the districts Södermalm and Gamla Stan (Old Town).

Annual gay highlight in Stockholm is the Gay Pride festival at the end of July or beginning of August.