Stockholm taxi driver killed by passenger

A 64-year-old taxi driver was killed just north of Stockholm late on Tuesday night after what witnesses reported was a fight with a passenger.

Stockholm taxi driver killed by passenger

The incident occurred shortly before midnight in the Bergshamra neighbourhood just north of Stockholm. Police arrived to find a taxi from operator Taxi 020 parked by the side of the road

“We received a call from [emergency service operator] SOS Alarm that a taxi driver lay injured outside his car. On the scene we found another person who witnesses said had gotten in a fight with the driver, but we don’t know to what extent blows were actually exchanged,” duty commander Mats Brännlund of the Stockholm police told the TT news agency.

The injured taxi driver was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The man singled out by witnesses was arrested, with police arresting another man several hours later. According to the TT news agency, the men are 24 and 27-years-old, with one having had previous run-ins with the law for violent crimes.

A woman has also been brought in for questioning about the incident, although police refused to divulge how she may be connected to the case.

Police have since launched a preliminary manslaughter investigation into the incident, which has left Taxi 020 reeling.

“We’re obviously incredibly shocked over what happened,” CEO Claes Löfvenberg told the Expressen newspaper.

“Dispatch didn’t receive a request to send a car to that address. It may be that the driver was picking someone up on the side of the road. Hopefully they’ll be able to find something on the car’s surveillance camera.”

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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).