Stockholm security hiked after Norway attacks

Stockholm police have increased their monitoring of key spots in the capital following Friday's twin terror attacks in Norway.

Stockholm security hiked after Norway attacks

Buildings protected include Rosenbad, the government office and the Norwegian embassy, according to the security police Säpo.

“We took measures quickly and looked over our personal protection,” said Sara Kvarnström, press secretary at Säpo, to news agency TT.

According to Kvarnström, the Stockholm police force is responsible for monitoring buildings since Friday.

“This could’ve happened anywhere. Extreme-right environments are much more present in Sweden than Norway,” said researcher Magnus Norell of the Swedish Defense Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut).

“If you’d asked me two months ago, what country this was going to happen in, I wouldn’t have said Norway,” he said.

European police organisation Europol warn in their terror report that extreme-right groups are very active on social networking sites on the Internet, where they reach out to young people. This can create a growing threat in future.

In total, 249 terror attacks were carried out, stopped or failed in EU 2010. However, none was connected with extreme-right groups.

And according to Norell, catching and preventing lone perpetrators such as Anders Behring Breivik is very difficult.

“It’s practically impossible to discover these people, if they aren’t active. Something has to happen for them to be discovered ahead of time,” he said.

In relation to inhabitants, extreme-right environments in Sweden are bigger than Norway, and the same size as in Denmark and Germany, according to Säpo.


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).