October 5, 2009

Report of town with no men confuses Swedes

Swedish tourism officials said they are skeptical of claims in Chinese media outlets of a mythical town in the Scandinavian country where no men are allowed.

Claes Bertilson, a spokesman for Sweden's Association of Local Authorities and Regions, said he has never heard of Chako Paul City, which China's state-run Xinhua news agency said was founded in a wooded region of northern Sweden in 1820, The Local reported Monday.

I've never heard anything about it, he said.

Xinhua said men who attempt to enter the women-only city are beaten half to death by police and China's Harbin News said many women in the city turn to homosexuality because they could not suppress their sexual needs.

Bertilson said he does not know where the Chinese outlets got their information.

I have no idea where something like this could have come from, he said.