PROUD PARADE SPREADS JOY IN STOCKHOLM

SWEDEN When the Pride parade wended its way through central Stockholm, the 45,000 participants glowed with at least as much joy as pride.

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attenfall took part in Stockholm’s Pride Festival for the third year running. One person who was there for the first time was Martijn Hagens, Head of Customers & Solutions, based in Amsterdam:

“I took part first and foremost because it was great to experience the joy and the fantastic atmosphere. At the same time, it’s an important symbolic act to be there, as the parade is a demonstration of everyone’s equal worth.

It feels particularly important to express this commitment in times darkened by oppression and violence in various parts of the world. Unfortunately, an open society – which respects everyone’s rights and freedom of expression – cannot be taken for granted, but is something we have to stand up for.”

Martijn Hagens was on holiday in Sweden with his partner Linn Rejström, who also joined the parade. She works at Vattenfall’s Strategic Development department in Stockholm.

“Our holiday will now continue in Holland where we will also take part in Amsterdam’s Europride Canal Parade on Saturday 6 August.”

Just short of a hundred people from Vattenfall joined Stockholm’s Pride parade. They spread the message that “Vattenfall stands for diversity and inclusion”, also via specially printed T-shirts. Annika Viklund, Head of Vattenfall Electricity Distribution and responsible for issues of diversity and inclusion in Vattenfall, was also present in the crowd.

“By taking part, we aim to demonstrate that Vattenfall is a company that stands for openness and everyone’s equal worth – irrespective of who we may be.”

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