The Swedish government has decided to launch a three-year survey into its citizens’ sex lives as it emerges that there is a decrease in sexual activity.
Sweden’s Health Minister, Gabriel Wikström said in the 20 years since the last survey into the country’s sexual habits, newspapers have been reporting that Swedes are having less sex. The aim of the new survey is to find out if that is true — and if so, why.
Wikström said stress could be a factor.
He said that “while our whole society seems permeated by sex, in everything from advertising and social media to much of daily life, the topic is still shrouded by shame … and absent from the political debate.”
He added that “sex is not, and never has been, a purely private matter. Sex is also a matter of human health, and from that perspective, a political issue.”
The study will be carried out by Sweden’s Public Health Agency, with a final report expected in June 2019.