Stockholm Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

Upcoming Events in Stockholm

|  7 March 2020
Melodifestivalen 2020: grand final of the Swedish song contests, selecting Sweden's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam 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
|  27 July  –  2 August 2020
Stockholm Gay Pride 2020: Since the start in 1998, Stockholm Pride has grown to be one of Stockholm's largest annual festivals, as well as the largest gay pride celebration in Scandinavia.
|  15 August 2020
Midnattsloppet 2020: the famous annual Stockholm midnight run.
Distance 10 km or 5 km. Fees from 425/325 SEK.
21:00/21:20 @ Södermalm (Ringvägen)
|  5  –  11 October 2020
Cinema Queer 2020: annual international film festival with queer movies, parties and forums.

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.

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, especially in Stockholm, are quite open-minded and you might be surprised by how many hotels, cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs are explicitly gay-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.