Scandinavians are an open-minded lot, and this includes Swedes. This means you'll find a number of nude beaches or topless sunbathers throughout the country. Nudism in Sweden is nothing unusual, and Swedes make it clear that the purpose of nudism and naturism is strictly non-sexual. One prejudice is that Sweden is all about sex with regards to nudism, but that is incorrect. This closed-minded prejudice likely stems from Swedish schools' teaching sex education to young students. Swedes, however, are taught to be respectful of the human body. Though Swedes are generally liberal when it comes to nudity, there are quite a few rules—both official and unspoken—to follow when you're planning on stripping down. For instance, it's not acceptable to be naked just anywhere in Sweden. But there are designated public places where it's actually expected for you to be naked, such as in saunas or in swimming areas near saunas. As for beaches, it's technically acceptable to sunbathe and swim topless no matter which beach you're on, but it's not by any means the norm.
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In the summer, the beach is considered a base for the naturist association members although entry is free to the public year around. Families are welcome at this beach. The beach has:. There are no laws in Sweden banning nudity, however, if you go sans clothing in public you can still get in trouble with the law if your nudity is found to be upsetting to other people or if you intentionally take your clothes off in front of others.
Sweden is among the top ten countries where most vacationers have been naked or topless on the beach. The majority of the Swedes also say they welcome nudity among other beach goers. Most happy to be nude on the beaches in Sweden are the Austrians while the Japanese are the most unlikely to take off their clothes. The findings are part of the Flip Flop Report conducted by Expedia. The study examines the most prevalent joys and anxieties among beachgoers worldwide, including comfort with public nudity. So have 3 percent of the South Koreans and 2 percent of Japanese. When it comes to seeing naked or topless people on the beach, however, 72 percent of the Japanese expressed a high level of comfort with seeing beach nudity or female toplessness. In Hong Kong, 29 percent of the residents approve of beach nudity or toplessness.
Well, if you look at the very limited research that has been done you'll soon find that Swedes may be more prudish than you originally would have thought. A survey from last year by the travelling agency Expedia showed that another Scandinavian country tops the topless league. The Danes actually ranks five places ahead of us when it comes to being topless. According to the survey, four in ten Danish women have left their top in their bags and gone topless instead, whereas just over two in ten Swedish women have done the same. A different study by travelling agency Skyscanner, even found that Swedes were less tolerant of women being topless than most other nationalities, ranking behind both Italians, Spaniards and Americans. And t he constitutional right of public access also makes it very difficult to say just how many nudist beaches there are in Sweden. There are roughly 40 official beaches spread throughout Sweden, but seeing as you are free to camp, walk or take a dip in any lake you come by unless it explicitly says otherwise, the number of potential beaches where you could be nude is incalculable. In terms of Swedes attitudes towards nudism, studies consistently rank us as quite tolerant and accepting, but still far behind countries such as Germany or Spain.