In 2021, it’s been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in Finland. Penalisation of homosexual acts was removed from the Criminal Code in 1971. Before the legal reform, violations of the law could carry a penalty of up to two years in prison.
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In 2021, it’s been 40 years since homosexuality was removed from the Finnish Classification of Diseases. The National Board of Health removed homosexuality as mental illness from the official classification of diseases in 1981.
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In 2021, it’s been 30 years since Helsinki Pride Community was established. Fulfilment of the rainbow community’s rights, addressing shortcomings, and advocating for change require not only legal reform but also a sense of community and opportunities to assemble and get support. Helsinki Pride Community was formerly known as HeSeta.
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Our work continues, as we do not yet live in an equal world. Now is the time to advocate for the community and human rights, so that we can look back at our history in the years to come and be proud of our efforts in 2021.
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The proud partners of Helsinki Pride 2021
The official partners of Helsinki Pride 2021 prove that businesses and organizations can take a stand for social issues and take action to drive change towards a more equal world. Working together all year round is essential for accomplishing our goals. Support from businesses and organisations is invaluable in making the Helsinki Pride event a reality each year.
As in previous years, Helsinki Pride 2021 features cultural events produced by our partners – from roundtables and parties to workshops, peer meetings, exhibitions, and concerts.
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Pride House
Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

Opening hours: Mon 10 AM to 8 PM, Tue 11 AM to 8 PM, Wed 10 AM to 8 PM, Thu 10 AM to 8 PM, Fri 8:30 AM to 8 PM, Sat 11 AM to 6 PM, Sun 11 AM to 6 PM
Pride program and
stream June 28 to July 4
Open program and stream
Helsinki Pride
virtual parade
Open virtual parade
This year, our parade marches across all of Finland in all colours of the rainbow. Everyone can join the virtual parade, demonstrate their support for human rights, and celebrate equality wherever they choose. The parade launches during Pride Week on June 28, and you can attend anywhere in the world until July 4.
Helsinki Pride 2021
The Helsinki Pride 2021 concert brings the party to your home! A group of fabulous artists join forces to create a pandemic spectacle for the ages as SANNI, Tuure Boelius, Yeboyah, Benjamin, NikoLa, and Pola Ivanka take the stage. The concert is hosted by Cristal Snow and Lola Lorenzo and broadcast on the Pride stream and the Yle Teema channel on Saturday July 3, 2021.
Pride in Progress
Helsinki Pride Community is proudly turning thirty! Our strength and our goals are rooted in history, in actions, in people and their stories. We welcome you to join in as we celebrate not just one but many important anniversaries!
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