Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Sweden is a famously liberal country; it was a leader in establishing gay and lesbian registered partnerships, and since 2009 its gender-neutral marriage law has given same-sex married couples the same rights and obligations as heterosexual married couples. The national organisation for gay and lesbian rights is Riksförbundet för Sexuellt Likaberättigande.

There are gay bars and nightclubs in the big cities, but ask local RFSL societies or your home organisation for up-to-date information. The Spartacus International Gay Guide (www.spartacusworld.com), published by Bruno Gmünder Verlag (Berlin), is an excellent international directory of gay entertainment venues, but it’s best used in conjunction with more up-to-date listings in local papers; as elsewhere, gay venues in the region can change with the speed of summer.

Another good source of local information is the free monthly magazine QX. You can pick it up at many clubs, shops and restaurants in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Copenhagen (Denmark). The magazine’s website (www.qx.se) has excellent information and recommendations in English.

One of the capital’s biggest parties is the annual Stockholm Pride, a five-day festival celebrating gay culture. The extensive program covers art, debate, health, literature, music, spirituality and sport.