More Danes opting for open relationships

Looking for love in more than one place a growing phenomenon

A growing number of Danes are questioning the concept of monogamy. Social scientists say they see a growing interest in open relationships and free love.

“It's not a revolution like the one we saw in the 1960s, but it is a significant trend that is becoming really interesting,” Susanne Lysbye, the head of Dansk Sexologforening,  the Danish sexologists association, told  Kristeligt Dagblad newspaper. “It is becoming more common to stand openly and publicly declare yourself to be non-monogamous.”

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The Facebook group ‘Polyamori in Denmark’ has more than 200 members and another closed group counts some 500 members.

Free love lessons
Author Sara Skaarup, who is in an open relationship herself, gives lectures on how to make it work.

“I think the growing interest in open relationships is because more Danes are becoming aware that there are other ways to live,” Skaarup told Kristeligt Dagblad. She said that this decade's version of free love is based more on mutual agreements, contracts between the couple and rules than the '60s version.

“Open relationships require absolute consensus and clear rules, but things still very often go wrong,” she said.