There’s one stereotype of Swedes that seems like it will never go away – the stereotype that Swedes are sexually liberated. This impression started after the wave of Swedish films that came out in the 1960’s and which were considered erotic by the rest of the world. Equal gender rights, contraception, abortion rights and a relaxed attitude to nudity have reinforced this stereotype. Perpetuating it further over the decades is the regular supply of seductive and physically attractive Swedes in the media – Britt Ekland, Ulrika Jonsson, Anita Ekberg, Maud Adams, Dolph Lundgren, Victoria Silvstedt, Alexander Skarsgård to name a few.
I don’t know if Swedes are more sexually emancipated than other nations or if they indeed have more sex than anybody else.
One thing is for certain though, they do have lot of words and phrases for the sexual act. So, if they’re not doing it – they’re certainly talking about it!
Here are 21 words and phrases to expand your vocabulary. Any others you can think of?
- skaka lakan – ‘shake the sheets’
- banka bäver
- sätta på
- gömma korven – ‘hide the sausage’