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Kadir in the Pride Parade
The Proud Experience.
Photo: Visit Norway / VisitOSLO & Oslo Brand Partners / Oslo Pride and FRI / Bleed / Trigger / Løvik / Havstein

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The Proud Experience

Three young Europeans, Kadir, Anna, and Klára, flew in to take part in Oslo Pride – Norway’s biggest celebration of love, freedom, and diversity.

Most Norwegians have a liberal attitude towards LGBTQ+ people, and the country was among the first to enact anti-discrimination laws against gays and lesbians. In fact, Norway ranks as third best in the ILGA-Europe 2018 rating of 49 European countries.

Oslo Pride is the largest LGBTQ+ event in Norway. The festival is held annually in June/July and aims to contribute to the acceptance of people just as they are. In ten days, human rights and LGBTQ+ issues set the agenda through art, culture, debates – and parties.

Anna and Klára at Oslo Pride
Anna and Klára at Oslo Pride.
Photo: VisitOSLO
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“We felt that Oslo was a place where people accept you for who you are” – Klára Slivoňová​

The Palace Park in Oslo
The Palace Park in Oslo.
Photo: VisitOSLO

Anna and Klára were visiting Oslo for the first time, and this is how they describe their stay:

“If we were to sum up Oslo Pride in just one word, it would be ‘moving’. Everyone we met was so friendly and supportive. The number of people participating in the celebration, including thousands of people who were not gay, was simply overwhelming. Even firefighters, police officers, and the army joined the parade! That made a big impression on us. The music was perfect, and so was the vibe. Every street was decorated with rainbow flags. It seemed like the whole city had prepared for the parade,” Anna says with a smile.

Except for the Pride, what did you do in Oslo?
“We explored several parts of the city by foot, bike, and boat. We visited the Oslo Opera house, which was an impressive piece of architecture. We dug into the Viking history at the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula, and we studied the fascinating sculptures in the Vigeland Park in Frogner. Another highlight was to walk through Damstredet, a picturesque cobbled street in central Oslo with several charming wooden houses,” says Anna.

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What makes Oslo an LGBTQ-friendly travel destination?
“We felt that Oslo was a very welcoming city, a place where people accept you for who you are. For instance, nobody was looking at us when we were holding hands. Instead, some people actually walked up to us and said: ‘This is your celebration, but we will take part in it’,” Klára explains.

Anna og Klára at Oslo Pride
Anna og Klára at Oslo Pride.
Photo: VisitOSLO
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Is there one advice you would give to newcomers in Oslo?
“Don’t be afraid to ask the locals. People in Oslo are very friendly and can often give you great advice. Get hold of a map, buy the Oslo Pass, and plan at least one picnic in a park. The distances are short but the experiences plentiful so it might be a good idea to make a plan before you start your exploration,” Klára recommends.

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