The Swedes have a message to any visiting vessels in the Baltic Sea, “This Way If Your Gay.” A clever, tongue-in-cheek campaign by the The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society hopes to extend a welcome to incoming Russian ships that have been reported breaking maritime law in the nation’s seas. The underwater sign gives off a Morse code message in addition to its flashy sign that has a gyrating sailor and the message “Welcome to Sweden—Gay Since 1944.” A nod to the year that the Scandinavian country legalized homosexuality.
“If weapons had functioned as a conflict-resolution method we would have had peace in the world a long time ago,” the project’s website reads. “The purpose of the Operation The Singing Sailor is to urge the Swedish government to think in new ways instead of falling back on territorial defense, conscription and rearmament – the world doesn’t need more weapons. Military rearmament in itself is a major contributing cause of conflict, and that conflicts take a violent and destructive process.”