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Be proud, feel the OsLove

Yes, you can hold hands. Yes, you can kiss your partner. Here's how Kadir, Anna, and Klára experienced the Norwegian capital and Oslo Pride – Norway's biggest celebration of love, freedom, and diversity.

“If we were to sum up Oslo Pride in just one word, it would be ‘moving’," Anna Grúňová (31) says with a smile.

Together with her girlfriend Klára Slivoňová (32), and Kadir Telli (23) she was invited by VisitOslo and Visit Norway to take part in Oslo Pride, the largest LGBTIQ+ event in Norway.

"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,” she continues. 

Oslo Pride

“We felt that Oslo was a place where people accept you for who you are” – Klára Slivoňová​

Klára, Kadir, and Anna exploring the Palace Park in Oslo

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.

What makes Oslo an LGBTIQ-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 and Klára at Oslo Pride

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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