Per-Erik Muskos, a 42-year-old councilman in Sweden has a novel suggestion to improve work-life balance and lift the local birthrate: give municipal employees an hour-long paid break each week to go home and have physical relation with their mates.
The official from the northern town of Overtornea, wants to add to those benefits, by offering the civic body’s 550 employees the right to subsidised sex. In introducing his proposal last week, he told fellow members of the town council that it would give a nudge to the dwindling local populace, add spice to aging marriages and improve employee morale.
The idea quickly got notice all over country, where for at least some, it was a welcome distraction from President Trump’s unclear reference to problems the country was having with immigration, which were strongly denied by baffled people of Sweden.
Noting that “sex is also a great form of exercise and has documented positive effects on well-being,” Mr. Muskos recommended that local civic body employees could use an hour of the workweek already allotted for fitness activities to go home and have sex with their spouses or partners instead. The motion, which is expected to be voted on in the spring, needs a simple majority to be passed by the 31-member council. As of now, opinion on the council is divided.
“We should encourage reproduction. I believe that sex is often in short supply. Everyday life is stressful and the children are at home,” Mr. Muskos explained in his motion in Overtornea, a town of about 4,500 in the picturesque and remote Torne Valley. “This could be an opportunity for couples to have their own time, only for each other.”
His proposal has produced praise, ridicule and criticism. Some critics fear single workers could while away their working hours on the dating app Tinder trying to find a date for their weekly interval.