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Swedish politician proposes paid sex breaks for workers

By Daniel Uria
Swedish politician proposes paid sex breaks for workers
Per-Erik Muskos, a member of the Swedish Social Democrat Party proposed that workers be given a paid, hour-long break to go home and have sex during the work day. He suggested the break could benefit the workers emotionally and physically while also promoting childbirth. Photo by Daniel Hjalmarson/Shutterstock

Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A politician in Sweden has proposed that the country's workers be provided an hour-long break to go home and have sex.

Per-Erik Muskos, 42, of the Swedish Social Democrat Party proposed the idea in a council meeting in the northern city of Overtornea, stating couples in Sweden don't get to spend enough time together and suggested the paid break could improve relationships and boost childbirth.

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"Childbirth should be encouraged," he said.

Along with the psychological and relationship benefits, Muskos said the breaks could also give workers the opportunity to exercise during the work day.

"When sex is also 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 with their partner, he said.

Swedes already commonly take coffee breaks two to three times during the work day and are afforded 480 days of paid parental leave to be shared between parents, but Muskos argues couples still don't spend enough intimate time together

"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," he said.

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