Sweden to consider a new employee benefit that will allow people to take paid sex breaks from work

The Swedish flag waves over spectators waiting for the arrival of Sweden's Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf at the inner court of Vienna's Hofburg Palace, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007. The Swedish royal couple arrived in Vienna for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Lilli Strauss)

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A Swedish politician has proposed to give employees paid time off to have sex. That’s right — Erik Muskos, a member of the Swedish Social Democrat party, wants all workers in the country to have an hour-long paid break from work to go home and get down to business, saying he believes mid-week sex breaks will improve health and boost childbirth.

“Childbirth should be encouraged,” he said. “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.”

Muskos added Swedish couples aren’t getting enough quality time together to express their love because stress is putting a strain on relationships.

“I believe that sex is a scarce commodity in many long relationships,” he said. “Everyday life is stressful, and the children are at home. This could be an opportunity to have their own time.”

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