Swedish politician proposes to give employees paid time off to have sex

A Swedish city councillor's proposal to allow Swedes a one-hour paid break from work to go home and have sex with their partners in an effort to boost people's relationships is taking the internet by storm.

He says his suggestion will give Swedes the chance to spend more time together, something that is lacking in todays society, and attain a better work-life balance.

Muskos reportedly saw "no reason" why his motion wouldn't pass. "I believe sex is a scarce commodity in many long-lasting relationships".

Muskos says the proposal is "aimed at improving people's relationships" and that the "municipality is suffering from reduced population and the deficit of births". Everyday life is stressful and the children are at home.

"Childbirth should be encouraged", he told the Stockholm-based newspaper Aftonbladet.

He said everyday stresses in life can put a strain on relationships, arguing Swedish couples don't get enough quality together, which makes it hard for them to express their love. In France, for instance, a recent change in rules has allowed the country's workforce to ignore after-work emails until the next day.

Muskos said there was no way of ensuring employees use the time for intimate relations, but it would be a matter of trust between employers and staff.

A study by economic research institute Coe-Rexecode found that Sweden's full-time employees worked the least in Europe, after the Finns and the French.

Employees in Sweden already get a fitness hour to exercise mid-work day, so Muskos is simply suggesting that companies advocate their people to use that hour for, uh, sex.

  • Joanne Flowers