Yesterday, June 27th, Oslo Pride (Norway’s 10 day celebration of diversity) saw Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) throw open the doors of the historic Parkveien House to a special day complete with speeches & entertainment.
Parkveien, Norway’s former residence of Prime Ministers, offered a wonderful backdrop for Wednesday’s Oslo Pride events. The prestigious building is often used to welcome & host dignitaries and VIP’s from around the world.
CELEBRATION OF LOVE
A governmental press statement released before yesterday’s scheduled events heralded Oslo Pride as Norway’s largest celebration of alternative love.
Parkveien House’s open doors welcomed guest speakers Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H), Equality Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland (H), and Minister of Health and Career Bent Høie (H).
Oslo Pride, Norway’s 10 day festival celebrating the lesbian & gay community, offers a wide variety of events within the city center with free admission to all and will run through June 30th.
The event was first established as “Gay Days” in 1982 and was renamed in 2014.
The house on Parkveien 45 was originally built as a private residence for Fredrik Sundt, a businessman importing paraffin oil, thus giving the popular name of the house ‘Villa Parafina’.
The villa was purchased by the Norwegian government in 1896.
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