Saunas in Stockholm

The scarcity of gay saunas in Stockholm is primarily rooted in the impact of the Bastuklubbslagen, or "Bathhouse Law," which was enacted in the 1980s and repealed in 2004. Aimed at curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, this law imposed stringent regulations and licensing requirements on establishments like gay saunas, effectively discouraging entrepreneurs from opening such venues. Although the law was repealed nearly two decades ago, its legacy continues to influence the number of gay saunas in the city, alongside cultural and social factors. 🏳️‍🌈