Finland: even the stamps are gay
There is no staying in the closet in Finland. This is the country where you can send your postcards home with gay erotic stamps and take part in endless rainbow-coloured activities throughout the year. World famous erotic artist Tom of Finland’s hunky imagery might even be on your hotel pillow and sheets if they happen to be Finlayson textiles. The majority of Finns will proudly hold a rainbow flag as was shown in 2015 when a public movement led to the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Pride festivals have become a permanent part of the summer party scene in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. Check if your travel dates coincide with a parade as the festivals mean a weeklong program of enjoyment. During this week you can try out meditation, panel discussions, open mic, danceoke, poetry, workshops, barn dance and good old partying (just to mention a few) – all with a queer flavour.
This friendly and liberal atmosphere as well as the fun and interesting activities make Finland a great destination for the LGBT community.
Full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.