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Passengers evacuated from Stockholm metro

On Saturday morning, passengers were evacuated from a subway train forced to stop in a tunnel near Fridhemsplan in central Stockholm.

Passengers evacuated from Stockholm metro

Fire fighters who have been down in the tunnel have confirmed smoke in the area.

“But we don’t know where it’s coming from, whether it’s inside the tunnel or from the train,” Magnus Bengtsson, head of operations at the Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade (Storstockholms brandförsvar), told news agency TT.

According to Bengtsson, traffic on the green line is stopped completely between Fridhemsplan and S:t Eriksplan. On the blue line, trains pass Fridhemsplan without stopping.

Emergency services SOS received calls about a smoke-filled carriage, and later reports of a clap and flashes.

SOS Alarm received the first call at 8.30am, but roughly ten minutes later it was still unclear what had happened.

“Passengers have been evacuated to the Fridhemsplan subway stop,” said an SOS Alarm operator to TT.

Just before 9am there were at least six emergency services cars on the spot, and three more on the way, according to SOS Alarm. There were also two ambulances outside the subway station, but there are no reports of any train passenger having been injured.

“We don’t know yet,” said the operator to TT.

Several police patrols have arrived at Fridhemsplan, which is in the Kungsholmen neighbourhood.

According to the police, the train is standing on the tracks between subway stops Fridhemsplan and S:t Eriksplan.

“People began spontaneously evacuation via both stations, and we’re now taking them out through Fridhemsplan,” said Stefan Färdigs, press spokesman at the Stockholm police, to TT.

According to him roughly 12-15 police patrols are working in the area, and all train traffic has been stopped between both stations.

The police don’t know what caused the smoke, however.

“We can’t see any smoke in the carriages, and we have no reports of any physical injuries,” said Stefan Färdigs.

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STOCKHOLM

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). 

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