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Public saunas in the Netherlands are almost always mixed-gender nude saunas where sexual intimacy is a taboo unless you visit a men-only public sauna, which usually has the specific objective of engaging in sexual intimacy with like minded men. People visit the mixed saunas by themselves, with family or with friends. It has the purpose of friendly socialising and relaxing. We are used to see other people naked in the sauna without a sexual context. This helps reducing sexual thoughts about other guests. Of course you see how someone looks like and whether they are attractive, but to me that is no different than seeing people in other social situations.
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Steam hisses from hot coals in the corner of the sauna, almost in chorus with the deep exhales of 10 naked women lounging around me. I've never met these women before, and I can't even talk to them in their native tongue, but here we are without even a towel to cover ourselves, laughing, panting, and chatting in broken English in a 19th-century locally run sauna in Helsinki, Finland. If I'd completely understood what the night would entail when I agreed on a whim to visit Kaurilan Sauna with a fellow travel writer, I probably wouldn't have gone. After all, the prospect of getting completely naked with strangers in a small, remote cabin in Finland sounds more like the makings of a horror story than a memorable travel tale. But to unbeknownst to me at the time, that random night would teach me more about nudity, female friendship, and body confidence than any experience I've had since puberty. When our taxi driver turned off the highway and onto a dirt road that wound erratically through dense forest, I should've known this wasn't a typical tourist experience. I was visiting Finland as a guest of Finnair , the country's flag carrier that's ramping up direct flights to European hot spots and internally to Lapland, but this experience was strictly off-itinerary. I exchanged a few furtive glances with the writer who'd suggested the late-night expedition, sure that we were being taken into the woods to be murdered, when the car came to an abrupt stop. Kaurilan Sauna is hardly a local secret—it made The New York Times guide to Helsinki's best public saunas —but despite recent press, it's retained the charm and character of a traditional no-fuss Finnish sauna. Don't expect plush towel service or subway-tiled changerooms here.