Just when you thought Sweden couldn't get any weirder...
Just when I thought Sweden couldn’t get any better, they come out with this news. According to the Overtornea city official, Per-Erik Muskos, he wants to allow his citizens one hour per work day to spend with their partner or spouse.
Muskos is under the impression that Swedish people are not spending enough time with their partners and should leave the stress of the workday behind for an hour of love. The hour break would be paid for to be a further incentive to get out of the office.
The city official isn’t some sex-crazed maniac, though and his motives seem to be based on both science and common sense. He hopes that an hour sex break each day to have sex will help bolster relationships and contribute to overall well-being and physical health.
While he knows that he can’t possibly ensure that the workers will be using their sex breaks for the intended purpose, he feels that he can trust the Swedish people enough to do what they have to do.
He backs his idea by saying, “There are studies that show sex is healthy. It’s about having better relationships.”
While this may seem a little unusual to the rest of the world, Swedish workers and their bosses have a unique idea of what a work week should look like. In fact, in a 2015 study, a research group called Coe-Rexecode found that full-time Swedish employees worked the least out of everyone in Europe. Swedish employees were said to have worked only 1,685 hours compared to the 1,900 hours of the British and the 1,847 hours of the Germans per year.
Whether the sex breaks will be fully implemented is yet to be determined, but I'm sure that the workforce of Sweden hopes it is. Who knows, maybe it will become a trend that people in the U.S. will start to follow.