Docs top list of Swedes’ ‘sexiest’ professions

People looking for a profession that will help boost their sex appeal among Swedes of both sexes would be well served to bone up on biology and anatomy, a new survey has revealed.

Docs top list of Swedes' 'sexiest' professions

Among both Swedish men and women, doctors are considered to be the sexiest profession, according to a new study conducted by the SIFO polling firm on behalf of Swedish dating site

Doctors received votes from 20 percent of Swedish men and 26 percent of Swedish women when asked which professions they found the sexiest, putting docs at the top of the list of sexiest professions for both genders.

Among men, however, doctors have to share the top spot with nurses, which also received 20 percent of the vote.

Women, on the other hand, voted cooks as the second sexiest profession, while teachers came in third place.

Teachers were also the third highest vote-getters among Swedish men, commanding 17 percent of the vote.

“Men and women seem to be in agreement that the sexiest professions are professions where people take care of other people,” Karin Boo, a love coach with, said in a statement.

“Careers which require good physical condition or high-pay seem to be less important.”

Stockholm-based doctor Hanna Holmgren was surprised that men considered doctors on par with nurses in terms of sex appeal.

“I would have thought nurses would have been considered more sexy,” she told The Local, adding that, in her experience, men can find women in high-powered careers to be intimidating.

“But doctors have traditionally been associated with a heightened economic and social status,” she said, something which likely contributes to their sex appeal.

Since becoming a doctor last year, the 25-year-old Holmgren doesn’t consider herself to have become sexier, however.

“If anything, I may be sexier because I’m older,” she said.

Thomas Flodin, chair Stockholms Läkareföreningen (‘Stockholm Association of Doctors’) attributed to how medical professionals are portrayed in the media.

“There are a number of popular televisions shows that perhaps make the profession appear rather glamourous,” he told The Local.

According to Boo, the fact that women found cooks to be so sexy was somewhat unexpected.

“It surprised me that the culinary profession is so popular among women,” she said.

“People often say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and apparently the same holds true for women.”

Sweden’s Sexiest Professions

Sexiest Among Men

1. Doctor – 20 %

2. Nurse – 20 %

3. Teacher – 17 %

4. Designer – 14 %

5. Cook – 11 %

6. Journalist – 6 %

7. CEO – 4 %

8. Flight attendant 4 %

9. Psychologist – 3 %

Sexiest Among Women:

1. Doctor – 26 %

2. Cook – 16 %

3. Teacher – 13 %

4. Firefighter – 11 %

5. Designer – 10 %

6. Police officer – 8 %

7. Journalist – 6 %

8. Psychologist – 5 %

9. CEO – 4 %

The results are based on a poll of 1,026 people carried out by SIFO between August 10-17, 2011

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Top ten expat complaints to their Swedish partners

From ketchup to driving skills, when The Local once asked what expats complain about most to their Swedish partners, the responses were mixed.

Top ten expat complaints to their Swedish partners
Why do you love your tech gadgets more than me? Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

1. Ketchup on… well, everything!

Swedes have an obsession with ketchup. They dollop it all over their pasta, their lasagne, their mashed potatoes – you name it. And it's not just a little splodge either, this is a true dousing. Strange, right? I mean, Swedes wouldn't put jam on their meatballs, would they? Oh that's right, they do.

Ketchup line up. Photo: Don Ryan/TT

2. Texting while driving down Vasagatan? No problem.

It's nothing strange to see a Swede talking, or even texting on their phone, while driving. And do you know why? Because for years it was pretty much perfectly legal, although this is beginning to change

Just watch out for red lights! Photo: LM Otero/TT

3. Passive aggressive notes

Swedes tend to avoid conflict, but only of the verbal kind. If you've left a little bit of lint in the laundry room's dryer, or if you've left a mug in the office sink, then you'd better be prepared to face a passive aggressive note the next day. In the picture below a Swede is complaining in very colourful language about garbage disposal etiquette.

'Keep your sh*t in your own apartment!' Photo: Petter Palander/Flickr

4. Too much coffee and no decaf!

The biggest problem is the lack of decaf, some Twitter users suggested when we once asked what rubbed people the wrong way about their Swedish partners the most. In a country where coffee is (probably) consumed more than water, you're in the minority if you prefer yours without caffeine. And if you don't like coffee, then you'd better rectify that immediately. It's easier than saying “No thank you, I don’t drink coffee” and then explaining yourself 14 times a day.

Mmmm… fika time… Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

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5. Tradition over spontaneity, no exceptions!

“You'll be here next Christmas, too, right?” your Swedish mother-in-law will ask as the last present is unwrapped on Christmas Eve (yes, presents are unwrapped on the 24th). Tradition triumphs and spontaneity is dead, that's the fact in Sweden. Expect raised eyebrows if you don't commit early to birthday celebrations, Easter, crayfish parties, and of course, Christmas. You will be there, and you will enjoy it. And we dare you to try to plan a weekend away with friends instead!

A silly Christmas Chihuahua. This is not a Swedish tradition, we just liked the picture. Photo: Mary Altaffer/TT

6. Laundry comes first…

Swedes will sometimes use their laundry time as an excuse. “I'd love to come out with you tonight, but I have a laundry time reserved – I really can't miss it.” In Stockholm, at least, most people live in apartment blocks with a communal laundry in the cellar. Reserving a good laundry time (like a Sunday morning or Tuesday after work) can be treated as the holy grail of weekly achievements.

No time like laundry time! Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

7. ‘Did you really pass your driving test?’

Nescience of road rules is one of the complaints we heard the most. More specifically, people we asked were peeved at the lack of indication when turning corners or using roundabouts. Others moaned that Swedes don't know how manage traffic flows on motorways. One even said Swedes drive just like a Volvo, which, upon checking the online urban dictionary, apparently means the driver is, in short, conservative and ‘boring’. 

No Volvos in this picture! Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

8. “Let me drink!”

A complaint we heard a few times was that Swedes often turn a disapproving eye when it comes to having a casual drink on a school night. “You're having a glass of wine? On a Tuesday?!” This could have something to do with the fact that alcohol is hard to come by in Sweden, as it is only sold in the monopoly chain Systembolaget at certain times of the day, and drinking is an exclusive weekend activity.

How is he holding that wine glass? Photo: Gorm Kallestad/TT

9. Too much snus

A quick explanation of snus in case you're unaware: snus is a moist snuff packet (imagine a tobacco teabag the size of a piece of chewing gum) that you wedge between your lip and teeth. Well, maybe you don't, but the Swedes do. A lot. If you think a snus packet sounds familiar, it's probably because you've seen one dangling from a Swede's upper lip mid-conversation, or perhaps you've seen a used one in the gutter or in the toilet, spat out and forgotten.

The snus-ing shadow… Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

10. “I can't find a Swede to date… and then complain about…”

Yes, complaints about Swedes aren't just for those dating them, but for those still looking. And meeting new people might be hard, especially if you refuse to use popular dating apps such as Tinder. Then you just have to rely on a classic ‘Hollywood-romance’ meeting, which isn't necessarily easy in a country not exactly known for its open and sociable citizens. Good luck!

READ ALSO: How to never be single again in Sweden

Romance in the moonlight. Photo: Charlie Riedel/TT

This article was first published in 2013 in our old gallery format and was revamped in 2017.