VIDEO: Swedish city’s sexy bins get a new male voice

Malmö's talking bins, which have made worldwide headlines since their introduction last week, have a new voice. And this time, it's male.

VIDEO: Swedish city's sexy bins get a new male voice
Malmö's dirty-talking bins are designed to clean up the city. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The two talking bins on Malmö’s Davidshallsbron, first reported by Sydsvenskan newspaper, hit headlines last week after The Local broke the story in English.

The bins express arousal when fed rubbish, with phrases like, “hmmm, yeah”, “that was crazy good”, and “just to the left”.

Now, those using the bins have a 50/50 chance of hearing a female or male voice after throwing away their rubbish.

Malmö City Council are keeping the identity of the male voice under wraps for now, but have said that they will announce it soon.

“We’ve added a male voice to them, so now it’s 50/50,” Clara Kirandonis Persson, sanitation coordinator at the Malmö council office responsible for estates and roads, told Sydsvenskan. “But it’s someone from Skåne.”

In the past few days, Malmö-ites have been queuing up to throw rubbish in the bins, which are located just south of the Gustav Adolf Square in the centre of the city.

Although there are 18 of the bins in the city, only two of them talk. During the Covid-19 pandemic, they thanked users for keeping their distance, with the new voices appearing in June 2022.

Malmö City Council originally refused to divulge the identity behind the bins’ feminine voice, until Swedish rapper Joy shared the news in an Instagram story.

“Congrats to everyone living in Malmö,” she wrote. “Now you can hear me groan while you look after the environment!”

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MAP: Swedes are one of the least angry nations in Europe

Swedes were one of the least angry countries in Europe, and indeed in the world, according to the latest Global Emotions Report from the international polling company Gallup.

MAP: Swedes are one of the least angry nations in Europe

Only nine percent of Swedes said they had experienced anger in the day on which they were surveyed, making the nation calmer than every other nation in Europe apart from the imperturbable Finns (5 percent), the chilled Estonians (6 percent), and the easy-going Dutch and Portuguese (both 8 percent). 

You can find a set of interactive maps produced by Gallup here, or compare Sweden on our own interactive map made with Gallup’s data below.    

The Nordic nations as a whole were far more relaxed than more hot-headed and dyspeptic nations, with no fewer than 48 percent of Turks saying they had felt angry the preceding day, 24 percent of Poles and 22 percent of Spaniards.

It wasn't only anger levels where Swedes seemed to have their emotions under control compared to many other European nations. 

Only 18 percent of Swedes said they had experienced sadness the preceding day. 

This was slightly more than their Nordic peers, with 17 percent of Norwegians and Danes, and only 13 percent of Finns owning up to having had a melancholy spell, but less than most other European countries, with 23 percent of Germans, 24 percent of French, and 25 percent of Brits, and 29 percent of Italians feeling upset or low.