Stockholm rainbow postboxes

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We already told our readers that Eurovision song contest this year is declared as gay-friendly. But not only because most contestants are LGBT-loyal. The city which hosts the competition this year has prepared to representing itself as an LGBT-friendly city.

The company explained to The Local that the country’s traditional blue-and-yellow mailboxes have been replaced in six strategic locations, including on Regeringsgatan – the road that leads to the Swedish Parliament – and near the Eurovision arena.The postboxes will remain until May 14 when Eurovision ends, but it may be a case of good timing more than good planning. PostNord spokesperson Anne Jiremar said: “We had planned this before Måns even won, but it is very good timing and I hope that many tourists will enjoy buying rainbow stamps to send a postcard home!”Meanwhile, the city teamed up with artists Hakan Lidbo and Max Bjorverud to bring a very Eurovision twist to some of the city’s infrastructure.The project was aimed at revamping “boring and dull places” to make them “musical and interactive” – with traffic lights the first order of business. The artists targeted the ticker boxes that are already common at pedestrian crossings across the city. The pre-existing boxes emit a ticking sound to help visually-impaired people cross the road, with a slow-paced ticking when the lights are red and a fast-paced ticking when the lights are green.

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