Chako Paul City (or Shakebao) is a fictional town of 25,000 all-female residents located in northern Sweden, reports of which surfaced in Chinese press agencies Xinhua and Harbin News in 2009.[1][2][3] Said to have been founded in 1820 by a wealthy, man-hating widow, men are barred from entering the town and most of its desperate, sex-starved inhabitants have turned to lesbianism. Immediately following the reports, millions of Chinese men swamped Swedish tourist companies with requests for information about it.[3]

Claes Bertilson, spokesperson for Sweden's Association of Local Authorities and Regions, said: “At 25,000 residents, the town would be one of the largest in northern Sweden, and I find it hard to believe that you could keep something like that a secret for more than 150 years.”[4]


  1. Landes, David. "Chinese media tempted by fantasy of women-only Swedish town" The Local 5 Oct 09
  2. Chow, Elaine (2009-10-09). "The complete story of the fabled Swedish Lesbian City". Shanghaiist. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sex-mad men search for 'lesbian' Chako Paul City". The Australian. 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2009-10-28. "The myth has been embraced by the Chinese media, with millions of men crippling the country’s internet providers trying to find out how to get to the town." 
  4. "Women-only town of Swedish lesbians 'does not exist'" 9 Oct 09

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