Stockholm taxi driver kills man using his car

A 37-year-old man died in hospital after being hit by a taxi in a Stockholm suburb.

The man was run over by the taxi in the upscale suburb of Täby, north of Stockholm late Friday night.

The 37-year-old was seriously injured in the incident and was taken to Karolinska University Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The 44-year-old driver of the taxi has been detained on suspicions of manslaughter.

According to police, evidence suggests that the 44-year-old ran down the 37-year-old on purpose.

Exactly what lay behind the incident, which took place on Biblioteksgången, remains unclear.

“My assessment is that the suspicions will end up being manslaughter,” duty officer Kent Ahola of the Roslag police department told the TT news agency.

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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).