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Top ten: Sweden’s all-time hottest men

A girl certainly ain't spoiled for choice in the hot men department, discovers love columnist Emilia Millicent after more than two years in Sweden. These boys know how to wield spoons, balls, and policy.

Top ten: Sweden's all-time hottest men

Yes, boys, I am predictable. There are some global superstars on this list, people whom I even knew the name of before moving here.

Observers, do yourself a favour – learn to understand that a woman’s taste in men is a complex, dynamic thing. It’s not all about looks.

IN PICTURES: Take a look at Emilia’s ten favourite Swedish men.

I would certainly never buy a magazine with a naked man on page three every day (Sun readers, you are pigs), but a turn of phrase, a perfect recipe, a spin on the stage, and the gravitas needed for delivering breaking news… they are all turn-ons.

If you are looking for Swedish super model Marcus Schenkenberg, then this is not the gallery for you. If you want a snap shot of modern, vibrant and dynamic Sweden, and a shot of male verve, click away.

Emilia Millicent works in finance in Stockholm and has lived in Sweden for the past two and a half years.

Editor’s note: Stay tuned next week when we turn the tables and list Sweden’s “hottest” women.

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Swedes ‘like it hot’: Erotic audiobooks all the rage

The number of Swedes listening to audiobooks has nearly doubled in just two years and a big part of the explosive growth is driven by an insatiable desire for erotic tales and romance novels.

Swedes 'like it hot': Erotic audiobooks all the rage
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Broadcaster SVT reported on Wednesday that 37 percent of the Swedish population listened to an audiobook last year, a marked increase over the 20 percent who did the same in 2016. 
 
While audiobook streaming services report that all categories of audiobooks have seen increased listenership, certain types of books are clearly leading the way. 
 
“Amongst the listening public, genres such as romance, ‘feel good’ novels and eroticism are growing. We are thus seeing increased demand [from listeners] as well as an increase in the number of publishers who are putting out these types of books,” Anna Riklund, the head of content curation at audiobook streaming service Bookbeat, told SVT. 
 
She said that the growing number of Swedes who want to listen to racy novels has led several publishers to launch imprints that focus exclusively on erotic literature. 
 
Audiobook streaming service Storytel also reported increased interest in erotic and romance novels, particularly among female listeners. Listener numbers peak around Valentine’s Day and during the hot summer months. 
 
Author Susanne Ahlenius, whose erotic novels include titles such as ‘Climax’ and ‘Lust 2.0’, said that the audiobook format is perfect for fans of the genre. 
 
“You don’t have to sit with a paperback that shows what you are reading. No one knows what you’re listening to,” she told SVT. 
 
Ahlenius said that her books are most successful when she “writes very explicitly and there is a lot of sex”. 
 
“People like it hot,” she said. 
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