The new study, the annual “Kådiskollen” (literally: condom check) by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (Riksförbundet för Sexuell Upplysning – RFSU), also showed that 65 percent of 15-20-year-olds had engaged in unprotected sex.
“This figure is far too high, it has to be improved,” said Maria Bergström at RFSU.
The survey interviewed 5,497 people in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway between the ages of 15-74 who stated that they had sex at least once a week.
The Swedes in the study reported that they are the most dissatisfied with 28 percent reporting that they were “not at all” or “not really” happy with their sex lives. While the Finns were as unhappy with their sex lives, the Norwegians and the Danes were happier.
The figures correspond through the ages with 28 percent Swedes aged 15-20-years-old reporting an unfulfilled sex life.
The Swedes in the study are the most active with regard to sexual fantasies however, with 37 percent dreaming about about group sex. This is the fantasy that tops the wishes of people in all four Nordic countries.
Norwegians also replied that sex in public places is a popular fantasy, and in Denmark the thought of sex with a friend arouses the senses.
With 65 percent of Swedish 15-20-years-old reporting that they had engaged in unprotected sex, RFSU mirrored a call from the National Council for Coordination of HIV Prevention (Nationella hivrådet) for a push to tackle the spread of sexually transmitted diseases by encouraging condom use.
“This is a clear development in Sweden,” said Maria Bergström.
Bergström argued that schools and preventative health care services have a key role in encouraging safe sex and condom use.
“Health centres have started to improve the preventative dialogue. It is then important for them to be given the resources to not only meet young people for a couple of minutes but also provide time to continue a dialogue,” Bergström said.
There is however some sign of improvement in the safe sex attitudes of Swedish youth, with a decline in those aged 15-20-years-old responding that they never practice safe sex from 20 percent to 12 percent, the survey shows.
“It is an improvement, and perhaps a new trend,” Bergström said.
The Local reported on Monday that 40,000 Swedes contracted chlamydia and around 500 HIV in 2009, prompting a response from the National Council for Coordination of HIV Prevention to launch a campaign to raise awareness and encourage Sweden’s youth to choose condoms.