Oh those crazy Danes!

Over the past couple of months I’ve found myself chatting to a couple of different guys who live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’ve often written about the apparent lack of prudishness over in Europe compared to here, the U.S. and Britain but it really is true. The photo above was sent to me by one of the guys. It was taken by a friend of his while he was walking around near the harbour in Copenhagen. Apparently in Denmark it’s perfectly legal to be nude on any beach or in and around the harbour. How amazing would it be to be able to just strip off and enjoy an impromptu swim on a warm day if the mood strikes?

Both guys have told me about the relaxed nature of the locker rooms at the gyms over there. Here people nearly break their necks getting their clothes on and off under a towel so that no one sees their “private parts”. Over there showers in locker rooms are all pretty much communal open showers. It’s even a rule at public pools to shower with soap before you swim and swimming costumes are not allowed in the showers, ensuring everyone showers properly. One of the guys I’ve been chatting to says that especially at one of the gyms he goes to, the locker room is almost like a social event. Between steam rooms, showers and saunas he said it’s not unusual to spend an hour relaxing nude with friends after a workout before you get dressed and it’s all completely non-sexual. Any sexual behaviour in that environment is not tolerated at all. Sounds like a much healthier way to live to me.

One of the guys also tells me that the average penis size in Denmark is larger, at around 8″. I’m not sure if I believe that but maybe it’s about time for a trip to conduct an independent verification.

10 Responses to “Oh those crazy Danes!”

  1. 1 DamienOz

    Patrick and I will accompany you.

    Three research streams produce better data.

    All in the name of science of course.

  2. 2 Todd

    If you look at the stats, Danes are some of the tallest population on average. And all things being equal, your friend may not be to far off. :-)

  3. 3 Jeffrey

    I agree, time for a trip to Denmark.

  4. 4 jack

    well there is an awful lot of cruising and pozing going on at FF gyms around the city in Sydney… I think you know that.

  5. 5 BosGuy

    I’ve always wanted to go to Copenhagen and combine it with a trip to Stockholm and possibly Oslo to see some of Scandinavia. Based on your friend’s bragging about the ‘average’ Dane, I’m inclined to make this a must visit destination.

  6. 6 DCJoe

    I agree about the prudishness in the US vs. Europe. When I see some guy being paranoid about dropping his shorts in the locker room I take off all of my clothes then open my gym bag to take out what I’ll wear while I completely ignore him. I also enjoyed sunbathing nude in the Tiergarten the last time I was in Berlin.

  7. 7 AJ

    At my (US) college’s gym the showers are in two big open rooms at either end of the locker room. There are several metal poles with four showers each. Mostly people shower at separate poles unless they’re buddies or something. There’s also a dry sauna, most people go nude but keep themselves covered with a towel, and I’ve noticed a few people keeping their swim trunks on lately, though I hope that doesn’t become a trend. I prefer to sit on my towel, letting it all hang out but I usually don’t if there are a lot of guys in there who are all covered.

  8. 8 Ed

    When I am in Palm Springs, I use a small mens gym there that still permits shirtless workouts and naked ones late one evening during the week – have not gotten to one of them so far. But half guys work out there shirtless in my observation. Showers are open there and no one covers in the sauna – nice to see

  9. 9 Timmy

    So you should organize a tour to Denmark. I’ll help you with the research.

  10. 10 Tomboktu

    Copenhagen also has the oldest gay bar in the World.

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