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Outdoors lovers risk trouble with the law

Published måndag 15 juli 2013 kl 15.30

Do Sweden’s long, warm summer nights get you in the mood? Have you and your partner ever thought about moving your bedroom activities to the back garden, an open meadow or perhaps a deserted beach?

Well, you’re not alone! Outdoors sex is popular in Sweden - but it’s also illegal and it could be expensive, with fines running into a few thousand Swedish krona.

Johan Berndtsson, a police officer in Blekinge, south Sweden, has been involved in interrupting a few couples having sex in public places.

He recalls how members of the public called in after spotting a car parked at the edge of a forest.

“We go to check it out and the windows are completely steamed up and things are going on in the car. That kind of thing has happened a few times,” Berndtsson tells the local P4 Blekinge station.

“It’s unfortunate and embarrassing for both parties, but it’s most embarrassing for those in the car of course,” Berndtsson adds.

Having a cop catch you in the act of love making must be awkward, but a bigger anticlimax may come when you find out that your passionate summer night has landed you with a conviction for disorderly conduct.

Still, many Swedes are either unaware of, or undeterred by, the law.

Reporters from Swedish Radio’s P3 station asked several Swedes whether they had ever had sex outdoors.

One woman claimed she has had sex on the beach, on a balcony and at several other outdoors spots.

“In a ruin in the medieval city of Visby…There’s always the risk of getting caught,” said one man.

And another woman said she once had sex on the top a cliff. “It was great,” she said.

And even police officer Johan Berndtsson admits to frolicking in nature.

Asked whether he has ever had sex outdoors, Berndtsson replied: “Absolutely.”

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