The Proud Experience - Oslo, Norway

The Proud Experience

Kadir, Anna and Klára wanted to experience Oslo Pride firsthand. We followed along to make sure they saw all the colours of Oslo.

Watch the video for highlights from their proud Oslo experience: 

The grand finale of the annual Oslo Pride festival is the colourful parade. It's probably safe to say it was also the highlight of the Oslo weekend for Anna and Klára from the Czech Republic and Kadir from Turkey. 

'What I find unique in Oslo Pride, is that it’s very inclusive. Not only LGBTQ individuals participate in it, but all the Norwegian people. And everybody is welcome …'

Kadir 

 

Kadir, Anna and Klara on City Bikes, and walking through the city
Kadir, Anna and Klara on City Bikes, and walking proudly through the city
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen - VisitOSLO


The Oslo Pride Parade boasted more than 40,000 participants, as well as some 200,000 people watching and cheering along the way. Considering Oslo only has 600,000 inhabitants, we believe this says a lot about our city.

Anna and Klára were overwhelmed by the turnout for the parade, especially how it included thousands of people who were not gay. At home, Anna works for the Czech police, and was surprised to see firefighters, police officers and the army in the parade. 

'In the Czech Republic during Pride, the police work as guards. I cannot imagine a police officer attending the Pride itself.' 

Anna 

The colourful Oslo Pride Parade
The colourful Oslo Pride Parade
Photo: VisitOSLO

 

Curious about the activities and places featured in the video?

You can see our guests on city bikes, passing the Royal Palace, and chilling in hammocks and deck chairs at Prindsen Hage. The weather was beautiful and warm, so the Oslo Fjord played a major part in their visit: Kadir jumps in the water at Sørenga Seawater Pool and has Mexican food at Coyo. Anna and Klára went for seafood at the restaurant Lille Herbern, after an action-packed boat ride with RIB Oslo, starting at Tjuvholmen.

Anna and Klara on a RIB Oslo ride, and hanging in Prindsen Hage
Anna and Klara on a RIB Oslo ride, and hanging in Prindsen Hage
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen


When Kadir is invited to a pre-party, he goes to the charming neighbourhood of Grünerløkka. This is also where he goes clubbing at Blå, after an evening stroll along the river Akerselva. The hotel with the great views and the top-floor bar is the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel. In the final scene, Kadir looks out over the city from the Holmenkollen Ski Jump

'I love Oslo. Not only does it give me the freedom to be who I am. It also gives me the joy to have fun as who I am.'

Kadir

Kadir with new friends at Sørenga, and partying at Blå
Kadir with new friends at Sørenga, and partying at Blå
Photo: VisitOSLO/Widar Pastoor - VisitOSLO



Anna, Klára and Kadir were invited by VisitOSLO and Innovation Norway.

Show your true colours in Oslo

A Proud Experience for Klara, Anna and Kadir
A Proud Experience for Klara, Anna and Kadir
Photo: VisitOSLO

♥ Come for Oslo Pride 
14–23 June 2019: Norway's largest festival for the LGBTIQ population, offering a varied programme with concerts, art exhibits, shows, film screenings, parties, political debates .. and the fabulous Oslo Pride Parade.
More about Oslo Pride 

♥ Or whenever you like 
You don't need to come for a special event. Oslo welcomes all travellers all year round. You don't need to go to special bars and hotels either, track down the places that match your interests. However, there are of course places where you are more likely to meet other members of the LGBTIQ family. Check out our LGBTIQ Guide to Oslo

♥ Welcome to Oslo!

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