Ministers turn out for Pride

Politicians from most of Sweden's political parties have been visiting Stockholm Pride, the largest gay pride event in the Nordic region.

On Thursday, Fredrik Reinfeldt became the first serving Swedish Prime Minister to visit Pride Park, the hub of the week’s festivities. On Wednesday, his Moderate Party colleague, Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Lijleroth, gave the festival’s opening address.

Representatives of the other governing parties and the major opposition parties are expected to participate in the Pride Parade on Saturday. Among those marching in the parade will be Finance Minister Anders Borg (Moderate), Schools Minister Jan Björklund (Liberal) and Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren (Centre), according to Dagens Nyheter.

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin and Left Party leader Lars Ohly will also be marching. Senior politicians from the Green Party have been attending events in Pride Park during the week.

The only governing party not to send a ministerial representative to the parade is the Christian Democrats. Party leader and Social Affairs Minister Göran Hägglund is away, his party told Dagens Nyheter.