Teen girl raped in central Stockholm park

A 16-year-old girl was attacked and raped by two unknown men in a public park in central Stockholm on Monday evening.

The attack took place shortly after 8pm behind the National Library (Kungliga biblioteket) in Humlegården park in central Stockholm.

The girl was found injured by a passerby who then notified police.

“She was in shock but we’ve got a description of the two men,” duty officer Ulf Bajas of the Norrmalm district police told the TT news agency.

Despite obtaining a description from the victim, police have nevertheless turned to the public in the hunt for more leads.

“If you’ve seen or heard anything, get in touch as soon as possible,” police spokesperson Jan-Olov Lundgren told the Expressen newspaper.

Police suspect two men were involved in the attack, which took place between 8pm and 8.30pm on Monday evening.

“We don’t know exactly how the rape took place. It appears she was attacked and thrown to the ground. Physical violence was used, but we don’t know if they had some sort of object or weapon,” police spokesperson Anna Johansson told the newspaper.

Following the attack, the girl was taken to hospital for treatment and to have her injuries documented.

A forensic investigation of the crime scene is underway and is expected to continue throughout the day on Tuesday.

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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).