Archipelago boating accident claims two lives

Two men died late on Thursday night and two others were injured when their boat ran aground on the northern side of Nämdö, an island in Stockholm’s archipelago.

Emergency crews were called shortly after 1am on Friday morning and one person was at first reported missing, only to be found a short time later.

“All four ended up in the water due to the grounding, which happened at high speed,” said emergency worker Mats Rinman to the TT news agency.

Circumstances surrounding the incident, which involved a Targa 27 motorboat, remain unclear.

“All four who were in the boat were middle aged men. But their ages differ quite a bit. Because those who died have yet to be identified and their relatives have not been notified, I don’t want to say how old they are,” said Lena Baakk of the Stockholm police to TT.

According to Per-Ove Göthberg from the police office in Näcka, a Stockholm suburb on the edge of the archipelago, both of the men who were injured managed to get themselves onto land, but were suffering from shock and extreme cold.

Both were taken to Stockholm South General Hospital for care.


Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).