Stockholm investigates Midnight Run death

Stockholm county council has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a runner at this year's Midnight Run (Midnattsloppet) after being turned away from a Stockholm hospital because it was full.

“We are conducting an investigation with regards to the transport and communication with the hospital. We don’t yet know if anything has happened but will have a look at it,” said Anders Fridell at Stockholm county council to The Local on Tuesday.

Fridell told The Local that the county council was responding to reports in the Swedish media on Tuesday that the 26-year-old man was turned away from Stockholm South General Hospital after arriving in an ambulance.

According to a report in the Aftonbladet daily on Tuesday the man, one of two runners to have died in the 10 kilometre race, was referred onwards to Karolinska Hospital, where he was declared dead.

“We are not going to investigate why the man died, that is a medical issue. We will look at the transport and communication to see if anything has gone amiss,” Fridell said, adding that the inquiry is expected to be completed within a couple of days.

The annual event is a popular festive occasion and traverses a circuit around Södermalm in central Stockholm. 20,000 runners took part in the race this year which was run in 26 degree Celsius with high humidity.

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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).