About 8 years ago I moved from the UK to Sweden with my then girlfriend. She was Swedish and when my mates first found out about her I got the usual “ooh! I bet she’s a right nypho eh? *nudge* *nudge*“. As time went on this same question came up more and more and then, after I moved, trips back home would result in similarly phrased questions as to the promiscuity of Swedish females.
To be honest, it got a bit boring because once you’ve lived here for a while you start to realise this idea that people have of Sweden and it’s people isn’t true. Sure, they’re much more open about sex and sexuality in general, but the idea that women are all 6 feet tall, blonde, have big boobs (average cup size is B) and just can’t wait to get their kit off and have sex with you is sadly, untrue.
A while ago I read an interesting article about where this idea of Swedish people comes from and the stereotype that their just a bunch or raving nyphomaniacs. It appears to be a throw back the work of Luigi Scattini, a 1968 fim called “Svezia, inferno e paradiso” or to give it it’s English title “Sweden: Heaven and Hell” which when show outside of Sweden caused so much fuss people really did believe Sweden was like that. Seems the idea stuck through the generations.
As a bit of luck, someone has just uploaded the very film which seems to of caused the stereo type. Here it is for your viewing pelasure!
Oh and you’ll never guess which song made it’s debut in the original soundtrack.
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