Your definitive guide to Pride in the Scandinavian capitals

By Billie Miro Breskin

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Everything you need to know to celebrate this summer

Scandinavia and the Nordic countries have long been at the forefront of both legal and communal support for the LGBTQ+ community, allowing community members not only to survive, but to thrive. This year, pride celebrations will affirm this commitment to equality and support, providing an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to commemorate its brave legacy and make merry under the summer sun.


Only two years after the immense tragedy of the shooting at Oslo Pride, and in the face of a rise in homophobic and transphobic rhetoric throughout Europe, togetherness, acceptance, and love are more important than ever. This year’s celebrations will serve as a means of honouring the resilience of the community and bolstering spirits as they fight for a brighter, safer future. Festivities will kick off in June in Oslo, and carry through the Scandi cities, ending in Copenhagen in August. From city-to-city, each locale offers unique events along with old favourites (who can miss a parade?), promising an edifying and jubilant time for all.

Read on to discover the details of the 2024 Pride celebrations across the capitals of Scandinavia and the Nordics.


Oslo (June 19 - 29)

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Oslo Pride, meaning that the annual celebration will be more exuberant than ever. Drawing more people to central Oslo than 17.mai, Oslo Pride is a standout celebration with something for everyone. The crown jewel of pride week is the beloved parade, which traditionally runs down Grønlandsleiret and will be held on June 29th this year. Throughout the week, Pride Park will offer space for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to gather, with three stages, food and drink, and stands from varied organisations. An extension of Pride Park is Mini Pride, an area adapted for children and families to provide a place to play and relax in a child-friendly setting. The event spaces are rounded out by Pride House, a location where debates and lectures will be held to educate and engage listeners.


Helsinki (June 24 - 30)

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This year, the theme for Helsinki Pride is Peace and Hope, bringing a message of unity and positivity amongst dark times. With a focus on human rights and community, Helsinki Pride provides space for activism along with celebration. Programming includes everything from themed exercise classes and garden parties to film screenings and drag performances. On June 29th, Helsinki Pride will hold its classic parade along with the traditional Park Fest, which will feature a range of DJs and surprise guests. The festivities will wrap up on June 29th with a closing party at Old Student Hall, a bash set to extend late into the night with performances from Bashar Murad, Benjamin, and Knife Girl, amongst others. It’s sure to be an evening to remember!


Stockholm (July 29 - August 3)

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With the theme ‘Stronger Together,’ Stockholm Pride will focus on embracing intersectionality and advocacy in response to setbacks for the LGBTQ+ community around the world. The week of events will kick off with a country music-themed party inaugurating the celebration on the fields of Östermalm’s IP. Once you’ve gotten your line-danced your heart out, the week has much more in store. Spread throughout Stockholm, six different parts of the festival ensure a diverse array of events. There is, of course, the parade (Scandinavia’s largest!), on the last day of Stockholm Pride, August 3rd. Other highlights include Pride Youth, which will provide family resources and cultural activities for young participants, and Pride Park, where food vendors, exhibitors, and entertainment acts will be available in abundance.


Reykjavik (August 6 - 11)

Photo: Heiðrún Fivelstad / Reykjavik Pride

Iceland’s biggest annual event, Reykjavik Pride has been a staple of the capital city since 1999. Often called “the world’s biggest small Pride,” it may not boast the same volume of events as in some other cities, but what it lacks in scale it more than makes up for in heart. With Iceland second on the Rainbow Map benchmarking tool for assessing equality for the LGBTQ+ community in Europe, there is plenty to celebrate. While much of the programme is still yet to be released, the parade (to be held on August 10th this year) is a perennial favourite, marching through the city with confetti and flags aplenty.


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Copenhagen (August 10 - 18)

Rounding out the pride celebrations in Scandinavia is Copenhagen Pride, which will emphasise the importance of using Pride to bolster the community against hateful rhetoric and legislation. Highlights of the week include free concerts, drag shows, human rights programming, and more. Youth Pride will provide events for children and families, while Rådhuspladsen will become Pride Square once more, with activities, food and drink, performances, and speeches. The indispensable parade will move through the streets on August 17th ahead of the official Pride Concert the same night, providing the perfect closing for a season of pride in Scandinavia.