Are Swedes hav­ing less sex? The govt wants to know

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Stock­holm

Wor­ried that Swedes aren’t hav­ing enough sex, the gov­ern­ment wants to an­a­lyze the bed­room ac­tiv­i­ties of its ci­ti­zens in a ma­jor new study.

It’s been 20 years since the last in-depth study of the sex habits of the Scan­di­na­vian wel­fare state, so Pub­lic Health Min­is­ter Gabriel Wik­strom says it’s high time for an­other sur­vey.

One of the goals of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, set to be com­pleted in 2019, is to find out whether there’s any truth to Swedish tabloid re­ports that Swedes are hav­ing less sex than they used to.

“It’s im­por­tant to in­ves­ti­gate whether that is the case and if so, what the rea­son is,” he wrote last Fri­day in an opin­ion piece in the Da­gens Ny­heter news­pa­per.

If stress and other health is­sues are af­fect­ing Swedes’ sex lives, he said, “that is also a po­lit­i­cal prob­lem.”

Mor­gan Ek­lund, an of­fi­cial in Wik­strom’s of­fice, said the min­is­ter was re­fer­ring pri­mar­ily to a 2013 sur­vey of 3,000 peo­ple by the Afton­bladet tabloid, which found that love­mak­ing is on the wane in Swe­den, a coun­try with a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing sex­u­ally lib­er­ated.

Ek­lund said the sur­vey was not sci­en­tific enough to be used as the ba­sis of gov­ern­ment poli­cies “but it points in a di­rec­tion that can be in­ter­est­ing to fol­low up.”

In a sep­a­rate ar­ti­cle on the gov­ern­ment’s web­site, Wik­strom said the So­cial Demo­cratic-led gov­ern­ment needs bet­ter in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple’s sex habits to guide its poli­cies re­lated to sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health.

“Sex is an area that strongly in­flu­ences peo­ple’s health, so we can’t just talk about things like, for ex­am­ple, vene­real dis­ease, but also things that are pos­i­tive and lust filled about sex,” Wik­strom said.

The study will be car­ried out by the Pub­lic Health Agency of Swe­den.

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