Germany: Women will soon be allowed to swim topless in Berlin’s public pools, after a ruling by the city’s authorities.
Why Berlin allowed women to go topless?
A woman was thrown out of an open-air pool for sunbathing topless. She took legal action against this. A second woman said she was told to cover up while at an indoor pool in December. Authorities agreed they had been victims of discrimination and said that all visitors to Berlin’s pools were now entitled to go topless.
The decision will be welcomed by those here who champion what’s known as Freikörperkultur – free body culture. Foreign visitors to Germany are often surprised – and sometimes downright disconcerted – by the sight of naked Germans frolicking in its lakes, snoring in its parks, or sweating in its saunas. But this is a country which considers public nudity in some settings to be both appropriate and healthy.
The issue of whether, and to what degree, that is permissible at municipal swimming pools has plagued many a local authority. Last summer, Göttingen in Lower Saxony and Siegen in North Rhine Westphalia allowed women to swim topless.
Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.
- Capital: Berlin
- Dialing code: +49
- Population: 8.32 crores (2021)
- Minimum wage: 1,584.00 EUR per month (Jun 2020)
- Fertility rate: 1.53 births per woman (2020)
- Official language: German
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