Ten historic pictures that show what life was like in Stockholm decades ago

These historic images shed some light on the lives of Stockholmers decades ago.

Ten historic pictures that show what life was like in Stockholm decades ago
Swedes enjoying Midsummer's Eve at Slussen in 1940. Photo: Bertil Norberg/TT

1. Facing the winter

This picture captures two men clearing the snow off Strandvägen in central Stockholm during the war winter of 1939. Snow then, snow now; it's just as annoying.

Photo: Reportagefoto/TT

2. Children of the old school

A physical education class in the Stockholm suburb of Djursholm back in 1907.

Photo: Scanpix

3. Subway breakdown

Underground passengers make their way through the dark tunnels in Stockholm to get out at Hötorget metro station after a power failure on the 27th of December 1983.

Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

4. Going to the cinema

Fortunately the cinema chairs are a bit more comfortable than in 1938. This is the cinema Draken at Fridhemsplan on the Kungsholmen island of Stockholm.

Photo: Pressen bild/TT

5. Preparing the dinner

The kitchen in a newly built apartment in the Holmia area of Kungsholmen (Lindhagensgatan today). These apartments were built for the working classes in the early 1900s and were torn down in the 60s and 70s.

Photo: Pressens bild/TT

6. Alcohol shopping

Here you see a cashier filling in the ration book (motboken) when a customer buys alcoholic drinks at Systembolaget in Stockholm in 1939. Swedes were only allowed to purchase a limited amount of alcoholic beverages per person from 1917 to 1955, a measure to reduce the high alcohol consumption in the country.

Photo: PrB/TT

7. The famous Stockholm mushroom

Posh clubbing district Stureplan has always been a popular meeting place. In this picture taken in 1951 people were just dancing in the street under the Svampen (mushroom) statue at Stureplan.

Photo: TT

8. Going to the open-air market 

This picture of a crowded open-air market at Riddarhuset along the Riddarholm Canal in Stockholm is more than a century old (1900). 

Photo: TT

9. Waiting patiently sitting on dad's back

This picture was taken in the central train station of Stockholm in 1968 and shows a dad and his baby waiting for the mother. Apart from the old-style baby carrier and the clothes this scene hasn't changed much.

Photo: SVD/TT

10. The beginning of camping

Here is a family enjoying a meal together at Lake Flaten, south of Stockholm, in 1929. 

Photo: TT

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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).