Samkönade Trafikljusen – Stockholm, Sweden - Atlas Obscura

Samkönade Trafikljusen

A temporary art piece to celebrate LGBTQ Pride is now a permanent part of Stockholm's traffic landscape.  

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Traffic crossings have become a popular place for various messages and symbols. In Stockholm, the traffic counselor decided their traffic signals needed an update that better reflected society. 

Initially created as a temporary installation in 2017 to celebrate Pride and to raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ community, 47 lights were modified to show couples of the same gender standing (red) or walking (green) together.

The project cost 100,000 SEK and became a recurring theme over the years. In 2020, the decision was made to make the lights permanent, and six lights were designated with new symbols. Many of the designs are artistic wonders unto themselves and often feature the figures holding hands with hearts crafted into the lights. 

The locations of the lights are Mäster Samuelsgatan at Drottninggatan; Hornsgatan at Mariatorget; Ringvägen - Skansbrogatan; Telefonvägen - Mikrofonvägen (Telefonplan); Norr Mälarstrand - Polhemsgatan; and Karlavägen at Nybrogatan.

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The lights are freely accessible, watch out for traffic before taking selfies. 

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