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Ten rules for getting naked in Sweden

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Ten rules for getting naked in Sweden
How to leave the clothes behind - Swedish style. Photo: Shutterstock
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Sweden is known throughout the world for several types of sin - and a lot of them involve shedding clothes. The Local sets out to debunk the myths and explain Swedish nudity in ten simple rules.

Swedes are a very polite, considerate people. Even when it comes to stripping down to their birthday suit. They may be more liberal than many other nationalities, but there are rules of etiquette. Getting naked isn't always okay. 

Dancing naked on TV with your friends while covering your privates with Swedish hard bread (knäckebröd) is acceptable. And of course you should always be naked in the sauna. But sometimes Swedes get in trouble with the law for being naked at home.

IN PICTURES: The ten rules of getting naked in Sweden

"If you use your home or apartment as a stage to pose naked for others to see there may be consequences," Swedish Tenant Union lawyer Nyström said in magazine Hem & Hyra on Wednesday.

Nyström explained that sunbathing topless - or entirely naked - on your balcony should be okay, and having sex by a window is fine and dandy as long as the neighbours don't have a clear view in. But not being considerate of others may end you up in court. So Swedish 'lagom' is key.

Or as nudist Ronja told the magazine:

"Being naked is about freedom, and not conforming to others."

Read The Local's illustrated rules for getting naked in Sweden here.

Solveig Rundquist
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