Two men die in Stockholm Midnight Run

Two participants in Stockholm’s 10 kilometre Midnight Run (Midnattsloppet) died during Saturday night’s race as hot weather conditions caught many runners off guard.

An otherwise healthy 26-year-old man died after falling to the ground on the finishing straight near Zinkensdamm, Dagens Nyheter reports.

A man in his fifties died of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on the hill leading up to Sofia Church.

“A man was brought in to us but he was already dead by the time the ambulance arrived,” Helen Hellströmer, spokeswoman for Stockholm South General Hospital, told newspaper Expressen.

The annual race was held in the capital in unusually hot and humid conditions.

“We’ve had a lot of people coming in to be treated for leg muscle injuries and dehydration,” said Hellströmer.

More than 20,000 participants took part in this year’s event on the city Södermalm island.


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).