Swedish politician proposes paid sex breaks for workers to boost fitness and childbirth
Swedish workers should be paid for one-hour sex breaks by their employers, a politician has suggested.
Per Erik Muskos, a member of the Swedish Social Democrat party, made the proposal during a council meeting in the northern city of Overtornea.
He believes midweek sex breaks will boost childbirth and improve health in the region.
He told Stockholm based newspaper Aftonbladet, that said sex breaks could "kill two birds with one stone."
"Childbirth should be encouraged. Sex is an excellent form of exercise with documented positive effects on well-being, the municipality should kill two birds with one stone and encourage employees to use their fitness hour to go home and have sex
"I believe that sex is a scarce commodity in many long relationships. Everyday life is stressful and the children are at home. This could be an opportunity to have their own time."
Mr Muskos admitted there is no way to check that the time will be used for lovemaking.
"You cannot guarantee that a worker does not go out for a walk instead."
Tomas Vedestig, 42, a left-leaning municipal councilman, said: "I don’t think it’s the employer’s business to say, ‘Go home for an hour and make babies'.
Others complained that one hour wasn't long enough. "I spoke to a couple of older gentlemen who said, 'One hour? That is not enough time.'"
Sweden has many work benefits including 480 days of paid parental leave and little overtime. Full-time employees in Sweden work the third-least amount in Europe, after Finland and France.