Sleeping tourist raped on Stockholm park bench

A man who fell asleep on a Stockholm park bench on early Saturday morning woke up as he was being raped by an unknown assailant.

Sleeping tourist raped on Stockholm park bench

The man, who is on a visit to Stockholm, was “heavily intoxicated” early Saturday morning and couldn’t find his way back to his hotel room, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

After a time, he gave up looking and chose to sleep on a bench in Kronoberg park, in Kungsholmen in Stockholm’s west side.

The man woke up to find another man was raping him.

“He lay down on a park bench and slept. He woke by being raped by another man. The rapist was not a person he knew,” said Stefan Wehlin of the Norrmalm police to the paper.

Wehlin added that police have been to the park in search of evidence.

The victim, who had allegedly been partying hard the night before, headed to hospital where staff members alerted the police to the incident, according to Aftonbladet.

Police arrived at the hospital at 7am on Saturday morning and the victim was able to report the matter.

No one has been arrested in connection with the rape as yet and police have launched an investigation.

The man remains in hospital.

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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).