Bad News on the FKK Front

by Michael Walsh

The number of nudists in Germany is dwindling. From Reuters:

Much to the chagrin of Free Body Culture (FKK) enthusiasts who have been stripping off their clothing on beaches and parks since the early 1900s, a cold wind has been blowing across Germany for nudists and their numbers are steadily dwindling.

“German society is changing and it’s not easy to be a naturist anymore,” said Kurt Fischer, president of the German FKK association (DFK). There are some 500,000 registered nudists and a total of seven million Germans sunbathe naked regularly. . . .

The main problem is the shrinking population, Fischer said.

We lived in Munich for many years, and it was always fun to watch the astonished looks on visiting Americans’ faces as they headed into the Englischer Garten on a sunny summer’s day and encountered hordes of Germans sunbathing, swimming in the Eisbach or even bike-riding — au naturel.

But the FKK movement — the initials stand for Frei Körper Kultur — is disappearing, along with, well, the rest of the Germans. Thanks to another charming Teutonic custom, Kinderfeindlichkeit, German-Germans have one of the lowest birthrates in the world, and their numbers are expected to drop from 75 million to 50 million by 2050. Immigrants will have to take up the slack, which brings us back to the FKK problem:

“Our problems are demographic changes and the fact that immigrants aren’t interested in social nudity,” said Fischer, 70, whose association has such honored standing in Germany that it is even part of the Olympic Sport Federation (DOSB).

“Germany is relying more and more on immigrants to keep the population steady. But many come from countries with strong religious beliefs. They just aren’t into FKK.” Immigrants who arrive from cultures where headscarves are common will not usually be interested in becoming naturists in Germany, he said.

Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.

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