Postcard from... Malmo
Attitudes to nudity are somewhat more relaxed in Sweden than here at home – as I found out earlier this week in Malmo.
It’s a southern Swedish town that’s been made famous as a trendy hub of technology start-ups and as one of the locations for Scandinavian Noir thriller The Bridge, but I was there visiting an English friend who commutes across the bridge to Copenhagen every day. He’s gone rather native and insisted we strip naked, sweat in a sauna then plunge into the near freezing Baltic Sea.
Jutting out 500 metres or so on a pier into the sea off Malmo’s main beach are the wooden building, cold baths and saunas of the spa at Riberborg. It isn’t an exclusive spa – rather it is a spa run for the local municipality. This, it seems, is how saunas are done in Sweden – far from the world of private health clubs in Britain.
It’s the perfect place to learn some simple Swedish sauna rules. Swedes never wear shoes in the home, so take those off too. And don’t even think of wearing a swimming suite.
You just set down your towel and take a seat with a view of the famous Oresund bridge. The only real test of manhood is whether you are brave enough to plunge into the sea off Sweden in late November.
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
Isis 'jihadi bride' claims forced sex with Yazidi girls is never rape because Koran condones it
Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
How China's richest man Li Hejun lost $15bn in an hour - and made a fortune
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...