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Are Sweden's road names sexist?

Foto: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT
Knut. That's a man's name. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Only 14 percent of Sweden's streets have female names, with the roads named after men also being longer.

Of Sweden's 2,400 street signs 2,060 are named after men, and 330 after women.

The figures come from a Statistics Sweden (SCB) survey, looking at whether Sweden's public signs reflect society.

SCB analyst Marcus Justesen says to news agency TT the biggest reason is many signs are historical, often dating back a hundred or more years.

But even the newly named streets are unbalanced. Three to four times as many new signs have been named after men.

And the average length for a street named after a man is 452 metres, with just 380 metres for one named after a woman.

“Old structures probably remain” says analyst Marcus Justesen.

Of Sweden’s 283 municipalities only five had more female names: Södertälje, Sävjö, Uppvidinge, Emmaboda and Överkalix.

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