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“One of the year’s most intriguing queer character and strongest feminist storylines were created by a deceased straight man in Sweden — yep, you read that right.” LeeAnn Kriegh, contributing writer for AfterEllen, about Lisbeth Salander and the Millennium Trilogy.

The Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium thriller trilogy has become a huge success. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been made into films and TV series. Since then, masses of Stieg Larsson fans have been making their way to Stockholm to see the settings where the stories take place.

The Millennium trilogy revolves around the investigating journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer-hacker Lisbeth Salander. The main characters live and work in the island of Södermalm in Stockholm and there is a great interest in experiencing the atmosphere on location. Read more about guided Millennium tours>>

The Hollywood-version of the Millennium trilogy will be filmed on set in Stockholm, Sweden in October 2010, according to Swedish television, SVT. Director is David Fincher (Benjamin Button and Panic Room), but it has not yet been announced who will play the roles of Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander. Until then, do not miss the brilliant Swedish film!

These days are all about the royal wedding of the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling. To celebrate the happy couple the city of Stockholm will host a two week Love festival. Love Stockholm 2010, June 6 – 19.

If you are in Stockholm on June 19th, the date of the royal wedding, you can get a glimpse of the newly wed Crown Princess. The Royal Court has recently announced the Royal wedding procession that takes place after the wedding ceremony in Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral).

Did you know that same sex marriages are legal in Sweden? In 2009 marriage became gender neutral which allows same sex couples to get married according to the same law as opposite sex couples. In November last year the Lutheran Church announced that same sex couples can get married by any of its priests from the beginning of November.

For the fifteenth year, QX is publishing the QX GayMap for Stockholm in English. A map covering all the LGBT-friendly restaurants, bars, clubs and events in Stockholm.

The GayMap is available online and in print. Pick up your copy at Stockholm Tourist Centre or at many of the restaurants, cafées and bars in Stockholm.

Download the new QX GayMap.

Photo: Jonas Norén

The last days in Stockholm have been wonderful! The weather is warm, flowers are blossoming and the sun never seams to set. This time of year the days extend well into the night and the outdoor cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs remain bathed in sunshine until late evening. One of the best places to enjoy this fantastic season is Mälarpaviljongen. It also happens to be a hot LGBT-spot!

Mälarpaviljongen is a verdant oasis with a restaurant, bar and alfresco section, located on the pier, waterfront and a barge at Norr Mälarstrand. From here you have the most stunning views across the waters of Riddarfjärden. This is the place if you are looking for an atmospheric, cozy local restaurant and high-spirited bar with great music and people.

What is your favorite place to visit in Stockholm?

Fotografiska, one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography, will open in Stockholm on Friday. The museum will open with the world renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The Annie Leibovitz exhibition A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005, will draw together for the first time the well-known assignments and rarely-seen personal work of one of the world’s best-known portrait photographers.

The museum opens on Friday, 21 May 2010 and will display four unique main exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions annually. In addition to the exhibition spaces, the 5 500 square meters of Fotografiska houses an academy, bistro, cafe, bar, conference rooms, museum shop, gallery and event spaces.

This weekend 11 German travel agents specializing in gay & lesbian travel were visiting Stockholm. We had the pleasure of showing them what a perfect gay and lesbian travel destination Stockholm is.

They visited gay friendly TAG approved hotels and some of Stockholm’s fabulous attractions. They also got a taste of first class cuisine in restaurants Momma, Berns and Torget and also experienced the gay and lesbian nightlife at Kolingsborg, Zipper and Patricia. The girls in the group had the opportunity to attend the all girls’ party that lesbian owned restaurants Momma and Roxy threw at Clustret.

We are happy to have 11 new Stockholm ambassadors in Germany!

   

Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm is the only Scandinavian hotel to make it onto the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2010.

Check out the list >>

Stockholm Pride and How Hetero – winner in the Webby Awards! The campaign was awarded in the category Rich Media: Non-profit/Educational.

The How Hetero campaign competed against nearly 10,000 others from over 60 countries.

Stockholm Pride, together with Åkestam Holst, has got the whole world to reflect on the norms of heterosexuality’, says Pär Wiktorsson, president of Stockholm Pride. 

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