Sweden: Boys not circumcised without medical grounds

Sweden: Boys not circumcised without medical grounds

Via The Local:


Every year, around 3,000 boys are circumcised in Sweden, many for cultural or religious reasons, according to the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).

However, the organisation estimates that only about one third of the operations take place in the country’s publicly financed health system.

To reduce the chances of circumcisions being carried out by individuals who lack medical training, Sweden’s county health authorities are supposed to offer the procedure whether or not there is a specific medical reason for the operation.

Currently, health authorities in Örebro, Varmland, Västernorrland, Västerbotten and Jamtland refuse to sanction circumcisions on purely religious or cultural grounds, according to SR.