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Flyers from a naturist association are appearing on notice boards all over the University of Copenhagen. But is skinny dipping something for students? Our reporter investigated ... in the nude


BY SOFIE AGGERHOLM BRUUN, ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY SEBASTIAN ZIELER


Noticeboards at UCPH are full of good and bad offers: travel, jobs, books, therapy etc. But one stands out with its promises of improved self-worth, happiness, self-awareness and social life, the Danish Naturist Association suggests going for a skinny dip. Now that has to be put to the test!


When Frederiksberg Swimming Baths closes, Sunday evening, the Danish Naturist Association is set loose. Every week, they have nude swimming on offer and everyone is invited. They only have one rule; no clothing is allowed.
»You can't tell the difference between people here, and that makes for an entirely different forum in which to talk to each other. You end up looking at personalities,« says Helle, one of the people behind the initiative. I meet her in the mens' changing room, which houses both genders for the occasion.


Naked, nervous and groping for answers


The place is full of people of all shapes and sizes. Next to me stands a small, perfectly round, couple. A wrinkly bum walks by. Large and small breasts, large and small penises, thighs and stomachs. I try to keep my wandering eyes at eye level, but I don't really succeed. I have never seen so many naked people, and in a moment, I will join the ranks of the naked.



When the door to the pool opens, my nerves set in. Flashback to my school days: The laughter as my classmate Bo absent-mindedly waltzed into the pool from the changing rooms, starkers. He ran home, crying, and was aptly dubbed Little Bo from then on.
I fear a similar fate, but to my great relief no one really notices me. Actually, people are preoccupied with all sorts of other things – some are there to exercise, but most are spending their time above the water, having coffee and cake.
Everyone talks to everyone


»Sometimes it's so nice to chat, you end up never actually swimming,« says Helle, and presents me to Laila, who, like Helle, is active within the association. For her, naturism is a lifestyle that allows her to be herself.
»You can't see who's a garbage man and who's a CEO. Underneath it all, we're the same, so everybody is equal here,« she says, while we eat cookies. I look around - and agree.


»You're never scared to approach anyone and say hi because they're too smart or rich. You just talk to everybody.« And there's plenty of talk – I'm bombarded with naked smiles and hellos.

Sauna social, petanque au naturale & »textile camping«
In the big, blue, pool, a number of butts are splashing about. When observed from above, they look pretty and brown, . None are as pale as mine, but then they're probably exposed to more light and air.
I hop in and swim a bit. Suddenly there's water where before there was none. Feels funny in a way that's difficult to describe, but is actually quite liberating. I have promised myself to do five laps – I end up doing 28, and rush to make the sauna social at 17.30.
In the sauna, I sit between two men: Kjeld, who thinks I should join in a nude petanque tournament this summer, and a quiet guy, who doesn't introduce himself. We sit so close to each other that their body-hair tickles my arms and legs. That wouldn't fly on the bus on the way here, but now it doesn't matter at all. My eyes don't wander so much now either. I am not reminded of my own nakedness until a member of the pool staff enters, clothed. In the midst of all this cosiness, I had forgotten. Open-mindedness comes quicker than expected.
When I'm back in the changing room, Laila gives me her phone number, a load of brochures and a gift card. It's for a weekend stay at a campsite for naturists, not one of your usual »textile campsites«, as she calls them. I thank her and blurt out »See you next Sunday.«

I wonder if I mean it. I think I do, actually.


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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 09:54:32 am »
Exactly what I would expect in the land of the

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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2013, 10:33:40 pm »
 Great article Danee! Makes me want to visit Denmark.  :234567
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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2013, 01:01:00 am »
Great article Danee! Makes me want to visit Denmark.  :234567

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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 04:44:28 pm »
Great article Danee! Makes me want to visit Denmark.  :234567


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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2013, 05:07:45 pm »
Great article Danee! Makes me want to visit Denmark.  :234567


Who doesn't!  And thanks!

Mh! There are no Mountains in Denmark. That was a littlie disturbing for me.
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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2013, 06:29:58 pm »
Did you know that public nudity on beaches in Denmark all over the country is 100% legal and accepted? i found that quite a fascinating fact because unaware to that i have booked to fly to Copenhagen this year.  Unfortunately for me though, it's not until November.

Personally though i'm going through an awkward time trying to work out where my life goes beyond this year, i am 100% debt free come the summer and my job is really going anywhere.  Other than my family i have literally nothing to keep me where i am.  At this moment in time my mind is set on going to uni, however i don't fancy studying at uni in my home country or anywhere in the UK.  Several months ago i looked into places in Sweden and was particularly keen on Malmo.  Malmo is 45km's from Copenhagen (the uni named in above article) so this story does appeal to me quite a bit if i did opt for Malmo or even Copenhagen.

I am extremely glad i live so close to European countries like Denmark.  Fingers crossed i live even closer by the end of 2014.

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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2013, 11:27:49 pm »
Did you know that public nudity on beaches in Denmark all over the country is 100% legal and accepted? i found that quite a fascinating fact because unaware to that i have booked to fly to Copenhagen this year.  Unfortunately for me though, it's not until November.

Personally though i'm going through an awkward time trying to work out where my life goes beyond this year, i am 100% debt free come the summer and my job is really going anywhere.  Other than my family i have literally nothing to keep me where i am.  At this moment in time my mind is set on going to uni, however i don't fancy studying at uni in my home country or anywhere in the UK.  Several months ago i looked into places in Sweden and was particularly keen on Malmo.  Malmo is 45km's from Copenhagen (the uni named in above article) so this story does appeal to me quite a bit if i did opt for Malmo or even Copenhagen.

I am extremely glad i live so close to European countries like Denmark.  Fingers crossed i live even closer by the end of 2014.


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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2013, 11:31:48 pm »
Did you know that public nudity on beaches in Denmark all over the country is 100% legal and accepted? i found that quite a fascinating fact because unaware to that i have booked to fly to Copenhagen this year.  Unfortunately for me though, it's not until November.

Personally though i'm going through an awkward time trying to work out where my life goes beyond this year, i am 100% debt free come the summer and my job is really going anywhere.  Other than my family i have literally nothing to keep me where i am.  At this moment in time my mind is set on going to uni, however i don't fancy studying at uni in my home country or anywhere in the UK.  Several months ago i looked into places in Sweden and was particularly keen on Malmo.  Malmo is 45km's from Copenhagen (the uni named in above article) so this story does appeal to me quite a bit if i did opt for Malmo or even Copenhagen.

I am extremely glad i live so close to European countries like Denmark.  Fingers crossed i live even closer by the end of 2014.

It sounds like you have an exciting time ahead of you. :34567
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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2013, 11:58:37 pm »
I work with a girl from Denmark.  Might be tough to work this into the normal everyday work conversation though :)

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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2013, 06:05:30 am »
Did you know that public nudity on beaches in Denmark all over the country is 100% legal and accepted? i found that quite a fascinating fact because unaware to that i have booked to fly to Copenhagen this year.  Unfortunately for me though, it's not until November.

Personally though i'm going through an awkward time trying to work out where my life goes beyond this year, i am 100% debt free come the summer and my job is really going anywhere.  Other than my family i have literally nothing to keep me where i am.  At this moment in time my mind is set on going to uni, however i don't fancy studying at uni in my home country or anywhere in the UK.  Several months ago i looked into places in Sweden and was particularly keen on Malmo.  Malmo is 45km's from Copenhagen (the uni named in above article) so this story does appeal to me quite a bit if i did opt for Malmo or even Copenhagen.

I am extremely glad i live so close to European countries like Denmark.  Fingers crossed i live even closer by the end of 2014.

It sounds like you have an exciting time ahead of you. :34567

Thanks, it's not doom and gloom though.  I just started to reflect on various things and I really feel like doing something big like this.  After all, you only live once.

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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2013, 04:30:07 pm »
I'm temporarily away from Copenhagen and in Sweden for a day, but the place is completely unreal.  I've no seen anything naturist related and any google search brings up a resort that's closed in winter or a very highly rated gentle men's club.

If I was here in Sunday I would most definitely looked into this organised swim.  In the meantime I'm highly likely going to had to th public baths in Malmo tomorrow before I head to Copechgen for one  more day.

I'll be back here in the summer... Guaranteed.

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Re: Denmark (again!) Taking a splash as a nudist, Uni of Copenhagen
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2013, 11:05:36 am »
that's a bummer.
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