Bomb threat shuts down central Stockholm

A suspected bomb that was left in a Stockholm foreign exchange bureau caused an entire neighbourhood to be shut down by police for over five hours on Tuesday night, until a bomb squad destroyed the object in a controlled detonation.

Bomb threat shuts down central Stockholm

“There has been a bomb threat and we have had to ask people living in the nearby apartments to leave their houses,” a policeman on the scene near the Skanstull metro stop on the island of Södermalm told The Local.

Guests and staff members of the nearby Clarion hotel were also asked to leave.

At 11.15pm, after a bomb squad with a robot entered the building, a loud noise was reported by witnesses nearby.

The squad had performed a controlled detonation of the suspicious object, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper. Soon after, traffic in the area returned to normal.

The object was found by staff members of the Forex offices on Ringgatan shortly after 6.30pm. Workers alerted security guards, who in turn contacted police.

Residents gathered around the cordoned-off streets to watch as a bomb squad entered the building.

“They told us there was a bomb and asked us to leave. It was a shock, it was a bit scary to be honest,” one Skanstull resident told The Local.

“I’ve been out here since seven,” another said.

“My apartment block wasn’t evacuated, but I live around the corner, and have been waiting to see if anything is going to happen. It’s kind of exciting, things are always happening in this part of town.”

Police have not identified any suspects as yet, according to the TT news agency.

Skanstull, on the island of Södermalm, was mostly silent throughout the night, with large sections of Götgatan and even the Skanstullsbron bridge closed off to the public.

Buses in the area were cancelled, and the underground trains skipped the Skanstull station throughout the evening.

However, traffic and public transport was back up and running by 11.30pm.

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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).