Male train drivers beat heat wearing skirts
Commuter train drivers and conductors in Stockholm are banned from wearing shorts by their employers, so as temperatures soar in their trains the male drivers have taken an unusual step, by wearing skirts.
Thirteen male workers on the Roslagsbanan train line north of the capital have chosen to wear the skirts for the past fortnight, according to local paper Mitti.
"Of course people stare when we are walking along the platform" driver Martin Åkersten told the paper, "but that's just something we have to accept. It can get as hot as 35 degrees Celsius in the carriages on a sunny day."
Employer Arriva took over the running of the train line in January, and says it has banned shorts because they look untidy. But they say they cannot ban the men from wearing the skirts, because that would be gender discrimination.