Woman leaps 20 metres from apartment blaze

A woman has survived after jumping for her life from the seventh floor of a burning building just north of Stockholm on Sunday evening.

Woman leaps 20 metres from apartment blaze

The firefighters were waiting below, having placed a large safety cushion to catch the woman, who had become trapped by a blaze in the apartment.

“We could not reach with the truck ladder, so we got out the safety cushion,” said Magnus Bengtsson of the Stockholm emergency services to TT news agency.

The woman leapt from the seventh story, 20 metres from the ground, yet did not make a perfect landing entirely on the cushion, and she was knocked unconscious upon impact.

Despite the concussion, firefighters managed to establish contact with the woman before she was taken to hospital.

The woman is recovering, however, with what has been reported as serious injuries, including several broken bones, according to TT.

A dog from the same building was rescued from the apartment, and is recovering at a veterinary clinic from burns and smoke-related injuries.

The fire in the eight-storey apartment in Sundbyberg, a suburb just north of Stockholm, was eventually extinguished by firefighters, yet police claim that they have not excluded the possibility of foul play.

It is not certain how the fire began, yet it had to be extinguished in several separate places throughout the apartment, raising suspicions that it may have been lit deliberately.

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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).