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Swedes warned of Danish sex jaunt risks

TT/The Local/pvs · 15 Nov 2011, 15:25

Published: 15 Nov 2011 15:25 GMT+01:00

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It is furthermore legal to purchase sex services in Denmark, whereas the practice was outlawed in Sweden in 1999.

Copenhagen, just a short hop by train over the Öresund bridge from the Swedish city of Malmö, is a popular destination for southern Swedes looking for sex, according to a survey which is set to be published on Friday in a report from sex advice groups.

The survey, undertaken by National Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), that 56 percent of the 457 people, mostly men, who responded to the survey said that they have had sex with someone who lives in Denmark in the past year.

Furthermore 22 percent said that they had had a relationship.

The sex advice groups pointed out that the risk of being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD) is considerably higher on the other side of the Öresund.

One further conclusion in the report is that men who have sex with other men are even more exposed to HIV and STDs and that special attention should be given to this group in any precautionary advice and measures taken to combat infection.

The survey also confirms previous studies about the heightened risks of sexual liaisons while overseas.

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"The statistics speak loud and clear. They show that in regards to foreign infections in Skåne then Denmark is at the top of the list, among other things for HIV," said Emma Skarpås at RFSU Malmö in a statement.

The report is set to be presented at a seminar in Malmö on Friday.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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15:55 November 15, 2011 by Svensksmith
No skit....
16:08 November 15, 2011 by ?????
No sex for Swedes!!! In a country that penalizes prostitution, prosecutes men for rape when they don't use a condom, and warns against sex in OTHER countries, what's the difference between Sweden and IRAN????
16:10 November 15, 2011 by Åskar
Prostitution is not penalised in Sweden.
16:12 November 15, 2011 by Shibumi
In Iran, women are not allowed to ride bicycles in public.
16:30 November 15, 2011 by London_Jim
Fair play to Sweden's health sector really.

Their role is to help protect the Swedish public and by warning of the high risk of infection in Denmark brass houses, they're doing their job. Perhaps if the Danes are going to keep this industry legal, they've got to do more to protect those working and using it.

Not really sure what it's got to do with Iran though.
16:43 November 15, 2011 by zircon
Sweden's nostalgia with the free and liberation sex past of the seventies perhaps?
17:01 November 15, 2011 by PAVR
Compared to the UK (or most other Western countries for that matter) it has to be said that Sweden has become remarkably 'no no' about sex.

Relaxed Swedes may be about the subject - but the street reality (for adults at least) is remarkably conservative.

Despite reading today a Swedish study that men spend most of their eye contact time ogling women's breasts (i.e. they can't help it, its built in) - we still find the very idea of men finding women SEXUALLY ATTRACTIVE as a social offense! (Haven't you grown out of that - control yourself man!)

I don't know about Iran - but today's Sweden looks very like Victorian England to me
17:02 November 15, 2011 by fxrider
More sex may lead to more babies and Sweden is already highly populated with almost 9 million people :)
17:07 November 15, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Sex is a misdemeanor, the more you miss de meaner you get.
17:14 November 15, 2011 by London_Jim
Sweden - most promiscuous country in Europe?

Seriously, how can people quote these crap so-called facts?

Do you believe there is an official stats organisation interviewing people on their death beds on how many lovers they've had and what age they lost their virginity....and then putting in a handy table which documents exactly which nationality is more promiscuous? Most people I know don't know the exact figures of who they have slept with over the years, have never been interviewed by this European-wide Sex Facts Organisation and chances are, wouldn't tell the truth anyway.

UK age of consent is 16, by the way.
17:17 November 15, 2011 by EP
Yeah, meanwhile they don't mention the fact that Sweden has a national chlamydia day, has some of the highest infections of chlamydia in Europe (per capita) with an average person being infected in Sweden at about 1 per 15 minutes if I recall correctly. But that's ok, because it's Sweden and it's all perfect here ...
17:21 November 15, 2011 by London_Jim
They also don't mention that a lot of shops stay closed on a Sunday, it's hard to get Chinese Greens outside of urban areas and that there's a lot of Volvos there. Either way, what's it got to do with them warning people of STI's in the Danish sex trade.
17:45 November 15, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Dit land, dit valg, herfra min verden gar! ha ha ha ha ha
18:33 November 15, 2011 by Opinionfool
So we are to presume that Swedish sex workers are cleaner than Danish ones?
19:16 November 15, 2011 by matona1
no prostitution in sweden ,no coffee in sweden any more,very simple join my movement
19:53 November 15, 2011 by nparry
Do people in Sweden lead joyous lives? Seems to me they are all cranky, cold, moody, dull and pale morons.
21:47 November 15, 2011 by lovedealer76

you're funny you're mate,lol
01:10 November 16, 2011 by Eagle63
Going to the Moon was also risky....

But it was definately worth it !!

Come on, Swedes. Don't let your f... government suppress you any longer. I'll be happy to show you all the nice and legal red-light-districts in The Hague, Antwerp and Utrecht !!
01:16 November 16, 2011 by jmclewis
Perhaps paying for sex is like paying for anything if you get it on the cheap the quality may be poor and you get what you paid for. Penny wise and pound foolish!
01:31 November 16, 2011 by Frank Arbach
How utterly patronising is the idea that healthy, clean living Swedes will somehow become infected in 'filthy foreign sex dens'
10:51 November 16, 2011 by luke123
In Sweden, the sex industry is entirely driven underground. How could they possible know that the infection rate is less than in Denmark ?
11:23 November 16, 2011 by Grokh
hookers can have sexually transmitted disease? and people need to be warned about it ?!?! REALLY?!

are we at a point in civilization that banging our heads against the wall might make someone smarter?!
12:54 November 16, 2011 by luke123
"hookers can have sexually transmitted disease? and people need to be warned about it ?!?! REALLY?! "

No, not really. Scientific studies have shown that hookers actually have a lower infection rate than the general population.

open http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/06/23/us-sex-diseases-swingers-idUSTRE65M6NX20100623

A few year ago, the moral panic was about satanic ritual abuse. Then it was sex trafficking (or 'white slavery'). Now that al these turn out to be a dud, let's try with a sexually transmitted desease scare. In normal countries, we are way past that phase since the nineteenth century. In Sweden they are still stuck in that backward religious moralist phase, which they relabeled as 'feminist' to make it sound progressive instead of reactionary. As all good moralists, they are looking for sticks to beat the sinners over their heads with. So it's no surprise if they would act upset instead of happy if their claims turn out to be exaggerated.
13:51 November 16, 2011 by roaringchicken92
Is it just me, or is TL fixated on sex stories recently? Must be the encroaching dark months.
15:06 November 16, 2011 by philster61
This is typical of the Swedish paranoia mongering.... They don't want men to enjoy themselves too much in another country so of course they yet again use "sex scandals"
08:46 November 17, 2011 by robban70226
Maybe that is the reason of so many sexually frustrated Sweds committing rapes everywhere, Wake up Sweden!! Get the head out of the hole and smell the roses of the reality of life and human behaviour
09:46 November 17, 2011 by LundenLad
Prostitution being a service industry, the Swedes won't be any good at it...
11:26 November 17, 2011 by robban70226
@lunderlad, true it will require taking decisions and maybe changing the sacred fika hours, maybe actually work!! too much for them..
13:10 November 17, 2011 by lilsocks
16:08 November 15, 2011 by ?????

No sex for Swedes!!! In a country that penalizes prostitution, prosecutes men for rape when they don't use a condom, and warns against sex in OTHER countries, what's the difference between Sweden and IRAN????

Iran has better weather?
04:17 November 18, 2011 by Jannik
Attention to all oppressive male swedes; bigmother doesnt want you to go abroad and have sex with disease ridden danes .

You might catch the STD known as "islamophobia". Its a dangerous mental disease spreading like a windfire through all of southern Sweden.
10:42 November 18, 2011 by tr2001
Girls should be more easy going...
14:36 November 18, 2011 by DAVID T
Women should not allowed to ride bicycles in public in Sweden
09:54 November 19, 2011 by Icarusty
What's annoying about Nordic prostitutes is that they charge you extra for being a non white foreigner. Yet white men go to foreign countries (mainly in the Far East) and they get the prostitutes (or even just normal girls looking for a visa) for cheap, literally a couple of hours work. As living standards improve over there, hopefully so does the going rate, especially for foreigners.
17:16 November 20, 2011 by beeforsty
When the ladies are starving men for sex, what did you expect? That's why they are going far to Thailand, Gambia and so many other places just for sex.
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