The Mayor of Malmö
This year’s WorldPride and EuroGames will be memorable as the most digital WorldPride so far, but also the first one ever hosted in two countries, and with EuroGames running at the same time. I welcome these courageous ideas and high ambitions ! After all we have been through this past year, we are many who feel a great need to celebrate, and what could be better to celebrate than equal love and equal rights for everyone ?
In Malmö, we pride ourselves on being Sweden’s youngest, fastest growing, most diverse, and globally connected city. I have always been a strong advocate for cities learning from each other, sharing best practices and inspiration. Because our movement is a global one. LGBTI+ rights are human rights, which apply to all parts of the world. Therefore, I want to bring attention to the Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit that will take place on the 20 August in Malmö, as a part of the Human Rights Forum of Copenhagen 2021.
The Öresund Bridge (that you probably will cross) opened 21 years ago. The bridge gave us quick access to Scandinavia’s biggest airport (Copenhagen Airport), but also to Denmark and the European continent. Around 15,000 commuters cross the Öresund Bridge daily, to study, work, or visit family and friends. This also enables us as neighbouring cities to host events such as this together, something we are very happy about.
There is plenty to do and see in Malmö and hopefully you will get the opportunity to explore our beautiful city while here, preferably by bike which is the most convenient way to get around town, with our over 500km of bike lanes.
So, all that is left to say now is simply, Welcome to Malmö !
Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh
Mayor of Malmö