2015-09-06 09:47Press release

​Stockholm and Gothenburg proudly welcome EuroPride to Sweden in summer 2018

The European Pride Organisers Association decided today that Stockholm Pride and West Pride in Gothenburg will have the opportunity to hold EuroPride in both cities in summer 2018. We’re looking forward to a summer painted with the colors of the rainbow, with a dazzling celebration, discussion and manifesting the equal rights of all people, starting in Gothenburg in June and ending in August in Stockholm.

"We want to challenge the framework of what a pride festival is. Every festival is part of a larger battle for the equal rights of all people. By collaborating with other festivals in Sweden and Europe, we’re showing that Pride and the LGBT movement are bigger than each week and city,” say Sandra Ehne, Chairperson of Stockholm Pride, and Laila Poulsen, Chairperson of West Pride.

Summer 2018 will be filled with joy, politics and solidarity. Together, we will continue to challenge norms and shine a spotlight on LGBT issues and everyone’s right to love who you want and be who you are.

In the spirit of collaboration and joining forces, we will place extra emphasis on international solidarity in the cities and festivals in between. The challenges are different throughout Europe and the world, but our common need to meet up is the same.

“It is with great joy that I welcome EuroPride 2018 to Gothenburg! The rights of LGBT individuals are human rights and human dignity is international. Together, we can make a difference in the world,” says Anneli Hulthén, Mayor of Gothenburg.

All Pride festivals are unique, as they should be. But a common EuroPride presents new opportunities for broader, even more effective content in both Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Sweden and Stockholm held EuroPride 1998 and 2008. We now have the opportunity to celebrate 20 years in Sweden, while simultaneously carrying out the 25th EuroPride event.

"Stockholm is known worldwide as an open city, and we are happy and proud to welcome EuroPride for the third time. We have the necessary capacity to hold this kind of big event, and I look forward to welcoming visitors from Sweden and the rest of the world to EuroPride 2018,” says Karin Wanngård, Commissioner of Finance in Stockholm.

In 2015, EuroPride was held in Riga. In 2016 it will be in Amsterdam and in 2017, EuroPride will stand back for World Pride, which will take place in Madrid.


Sandra Ehne, Chairperson of the Stockholm Pride Association, sandra.ehne@stockholmpride.org, +46 (0)702701525

Tasso Stafilidis, Vice Ordförande West Pride, tasso@westpride.se, +46 703760403

Moa Tivell, PR Manager, Stockholm Business Region, moa.tivell@stockholm.se, +46 76 122 80 40 

Stockholm Business Region, with its subsidiaries Stockholm Business Region Development and Stockholm Visitors Board,  is the official investment and tourism promotion agency for the Stockholm region.  Stockholm is one of Europe’s most dynamic sustainable regions. Stockholm Business Region is fully owned by the City of Stockholm. Our common brand is Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia.


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