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Parade under Oslo Pride in 2018
Parade under Oslo Pride in 2018
Oslo Pride 2018.
Photo: Ida Toldnæs / Oslo Pride
Oslo Pride 2018.
Photo: Ida Toldnæs / Oslo Pride
Queer Culture Year 2022

LGBTIQ+ travel in Norway

Open landscapes, open minds. Norway was among the first countries in the world to give equal rights to everyone, no matter who you love. Join the celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of the decriminalization of male homosexuality in Norway.

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In fact, Norway ranks fourth among 49 European countries in the 2022 ILGA-Europe annual Rainbow Europe Map.

Today, same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples, including church weddings, adoption, and assisted pregnancies. The country is proud of its many openly gay and lesbian politicians and celebrities in sports and entertainment.

This has not always been the case. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the lifting of the ban on homosexuality in Norway.

"For me as a leader of FRI (The Norwegian Organisation for Sexual and Gender Diversity) it is important to look back with gratitude to those who pushed through that change in the law. Because it was hard work, and still is today. We need to continue to keep the pressure up," says Inge Alexander Gjestvang.

The anniversary will be celebrated all over the country with a Year of Queer Culture, featuring events, exhibitions, seminars, debates, performances and more. Some of Norway's biggest museums, like The National Museum in Oslo and KODE in Bergen, will also be hosting a variety of events and exhibits.

Explore a wealth of queer-friendly events

For travellers, it's nice to know that Norway is a welcoming country for the LGBTIQ+ community.

"I find that Norway is very good at making most things available to everyone. I rarely look up safe places to go, because most places are," says Majken Helén Evensen, Transformation Manager at Nordic Choice Hotels and Oslo Pride volunteer.

If you're looking for bars, venues and cultural events aimed specifically at a queer audience, most of them are found in the big cities like Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim. Oslo Pride is a big annual event, attracting thousands of people, where human rights and LGBTIQ+ issues set the agenda through art, culture, politics – and parties.

"I think it's important that there are places where you can come as a queer person and feel you can relax. Both dedicated queer nightclubs and mainstream places have an inclusive policy," says Gjestvang, manager at FRI.

LGBTIQ+ friendly places can be found in cities like Stavanger, Tromsø and Bodø as well. Check out this quick guide to queer travel in Norway from locals:

Queer Culture Year 2022

In 2022, events will be held to mark the 50-year anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalized in Norway.

Oslo Pride

Norway's largest LGBTIQ+ festival with concerts, art exhibitions, shows, films, parties and debates. Oslo Pride lasts for ten days and consists of more than 150 small and large events.

Oslo Pride was first held in 1974. Although the festival has changed a lot since then, the message remains the same: openness and visibility are important.

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