Why fewer Swedes are using condoms in 2016

The overall number of Swedes using condoms is in decline, according to a new report from the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RSFU).

Why fewer Swedes are using condoms in 2016
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Of the 1062 Swedes quizzed by the agency in its 2016 Condom Check (Kodiskållen) study, 17 percent said they decided not to use a condom in the heat of the moment, while only 38 percent chose to use one with a new partner. That development is a shift from results of surveys from previous years, according to Pelle Ullholm, programme officer in sexuality education at the RSFU.

“We had seen a long-standing trend towards increasing condom use with new partners, but now the trend has been broken, even if it isn’t a dramatic change,” he told news agency TT.

The research shows that heterosexual males are the least likely to use a condom, while the most likely were men having sex with other men, with the latter point consistent with previous editions of the survey.

Another point of note is that young people buck the trend of declining condom use when having sex with a new partner. The study suggests that more individuals between the age of 21 and 35 are choosing to use a condom in those situations, with the number growing from 43 percent in 2013 to 48 percent in 2016. Sex education at school is believed to be a source of that development.  

“The younger you are, the better you are at protecting yourself. Much depends on the information given in primary school and high school, which means that many are beginning to reflect on sex and protection,” wrote the RSFU on its official website.

The difference in age groups is also reflected in the overall numbers, with one in three young adults saying they normally use a condom, compared to only 16 percent of those aged between 50-60.



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.