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EuroPride 2014 will take place in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Petter Ruud-Johansen
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EuroPride 2014 will take place in Oslo, Norway Photo: Petter Ruud-Johansen

Oslo - The proud host of EuroPride 2014

Oslo Pride is this year’s proud host of EuroPride, the annual European pride festival. The event will take place in Norway’s capital Oslo.
Press release - 29 Apr Jan 2014

- EuroPride 2014 is particularly important, due to the retreat of LGBT rights in several European countries. As a response we aim to put human rights on the international agenda during our festival this summer. Norway also celebrates the bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution in 2014 and Oslo Pride marks the anniversary by organizing EuroPride, says chairman of Oslo Pride, Stein Runar Østigaard.

Human rights on the agenda

With main partners such as Amnesty International and The Nobel Peace Centre, human rights will be high on the agenda as Oslo Pride shows its guest a larger and improved Pride Park at the Town Square, with a pioneering Pride House at the House of Literature and The Museum of Cultural History, and not least, a record breaking EuroPride-parade.

Great interest

The online interest for the event has been extraordinary so far, Oslo Pride reports. In the first three months of 2014, the organizers have seen an increase of 567 percent in traffic to its website europride2014.com. Oslo Pride can report of an especially high interest from markets such as Germany, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, France, The Netherlands and the US.

- Our national annual pride event called “Skeive dager” saw a total of 44.000 visitors in Pride Park, the Parade and on Pride House last year. With the strong interest in the event so far, we expect to see a record number of attendees at this year’s event, says Østigaard.

The festival will be a pride celebration which the entire city of Oslo invites to, Oslo Pride reports. - When you travel to Oslo, you will experience one of the most inclusive and safe capitals in the world. We call our city OXLO, Oslo Extra Large, says Østigaard and welcomes everyone and all to Oslo and EuroPride 2014 in June.

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Facts

  • In 2014 Oslo Pride hosts EuroPride for the second time. The first time was in 2005, and since then cities like London (2006), Madrid (2007), Stockholm (2008), Zurich (2009), Warsaw (2010), Rome (2011), London (World Pride 2012) and Marseille (2013) have hosted EuroPride.
  • Oslo Pride was first held in 1974, and has been held in different forms and venues every year since 1982.
  • In 2014 Norway celebrates the two hundred year anniversary of its constitution, and Oslo Pride celebrates the anniversary by organizing EuroPride and focusing on human rights during the event.
  • Norway is a liberal country. In addition to the population’s generally excellent LGBT attitudes, we have a gender-neutral marriage act and strong protection against discrimination in the law.
Last updated:  2014-04-29
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EuroPride 2014 will take place in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Petter Ruud-Johansen

Oslo - The proud host of EuroPride 2014

Oslo Pride is this year’s proud host of EuroPride, the annual European pride festival. The event will take place in Norway’s capital Oslo.

Oslo - The proud host of EuroPride 2014

Source: Visitnorway

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