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A quick guide to the Scandinavian Pride festivals

The Pride celebrations come to all the Scandinavian capitals every summer. Here’s how to make the most of them.

Every summer sees Pride celebrations come to all the Scandinavian capitals, each with their own unique quirks, but all bound together by the spirit of inclusivity and openness that’s a hallmark of these cities all year round. Here’s how to make the most of your visit in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Oslo 

14–23 June 

 

Do not miss: The Pride Parade

22 June sees the highlight of Oslo Pride, the annual parade – with as many as 40,000 people participating, and upwards of 200,000 on hand to watch in recent years.

The Pride Parade

Have a drink at: Blå Outdoor Patio

Along the river in Grønnerlokka, this is the perfect place for mixing with friendly crowds of both locals and visitors, especially on pleasant Oslo summer evenings.

Blå Outdoor Patio

Brenneriveien 9 C, Oslo

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Party at: Elsker

A popular club with 
a friendly vibe, you’ll also see poetry slams and burlesque shows here. A natural place to take the Pride party late into the night.

Elsker

Kristian IVs gate 9, Oslo

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Stockholm 

29 July–3 August

Do not miss: The Pride Parade

Held on 3 August, the final day of Stockholm Pride, the parade here 
is impressive. The 200 strong carriage procession regularly draws some half 
a million spectators.

The Pride Parade

Have a drink at: Mälarpaviljongen

A perfect gathering place by the water especially on warm summer days and evenings, the tasty drinks and nice views mean you can easily spend hours here.

Mälarpaviljongen

Norr Mälarstrand 64, Stockholm

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Party at: Patricia

A Stockholm institution, Patricia is a multi-level bar and club on a boat moored off Södermalm. Not to be missed.

Patricia

Söder Mälarstrand, Kajplats 19, Stockholm

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Copenhagen

13–18 August 

Do not miss: The Pride Parade

Copenhagen’s main event is its 17 August 
parade, ending up at City Hall Square (called Pride Square during the week) – last year saw record numbers marching and -visiting, so expect a huge celebration in the streets again this year.

The Pride Parade

Have a drink at: Oscar Bar & Cafe

Right in the middle of all the action just off the main Pride Square, Oscar is also known as one of the best bars in town for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Oscar Bar & Cafe

Regnbuepladsen 9, Köpenhamn

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Party at: Jolene

Head over to Vesterbro for a party that lasts well into the night – it’s been around for years but is 
still a favorite.

Jolene

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